“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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