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Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis

Shannon Mattern

in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt

Published by University of Minnesota Press

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9781517902438
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781452958767 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0003
Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis

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“Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis…,” examines the entwined histories of brick-making, mark-making, and city-building. I examine how urban surfaces have served as substrates for writing, from ancient epigraphy to contemporary graffiti; how written documents have been critical to our cities’ operations; and how our scripts’ formal properties are often reflected in urban form.

Keywords: Cities urban media cultural history archaeology infrastructure print radio sound telecommunications

Chapter.  8956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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