communication geography

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‘The geography of messages and messengers’ (Thrift in R. J. Johnston2000). The study of information and communication technologies (ICT) by geographers has evolved over the past third of a century from a concentration on friction of distance and spatial organization toward a set of four interrelated social approaches: ‘ICT as a set of contested terrains, ICT as a means of perception, ICT as a form of embodiment, and ICT as virtual places or spaces—distanciated social contexts’ (Adams and Ghose (2003) PHG27, 4). ‘Media enthusiasm over the Internet often tends to obscure the much larger, and more important, telecommunications networks that comprise the nervous system of the global and most regional economies’ (Costello (2000) PHG24).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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