Graham’s essay focuses on the intersection of information technologies and the city – both suggesting that information technologies “are woven so completely into the fabric of everyday life that they become more and more ignored” (18) and paying attention to “the changing materialities of urban and mediated life, the changing social relations that surround these shifts, and the ways in which ideas, and representations, of the city are being changed together” (22). So, Ithaca isn’t exactly Manhattan, but some of the concerns can be seen as the same: how are information and information technologies woven into public life in this place, how do they shift the way we experience this place, and how are things changing because of the way information and place intertwine in the way that they do?
For this blog post, find an opportunity to walk around either some are of campus, campus, Collegetown, or somewhere else in the Ithaca area that matters to you and your friends, in order to think carefully about the intersection and interaction between the physical space (architectural, social, economic, etc) and the information technologies that shot through and mark it. How do you experience both at the same time? How is there a disconnect between them? Where are these spaces most heavily mediated by information technology, and why? Choose one interesting example, and use it to reflect on the way new media and public space interact in this place we all live.
(If you’re feeling creative, you could imagine this blog post as asking you to do a 1-2 paragraph Cornell version of the Hill article also due Tuesday.)