Inspired by Walter Benjamin's classical Arcades Project, this book is a pioneering exploration of the interface between communication, shopping and everyday life. Based on a six-year study by over a dozen scholars on a specific site, it analyzes the links between power, media and consumption in contemporary urban culture. Illustrated with rich ethnographic detail, Consuming Media scrutinizes four main media circuits--print media, media images, sound and motion, and hardware machines--to assess how media texts and technologies are selected, purchased and used. Exploring the relations between different media, the nature of cultural citizenship and the power relations of public space, it presents an ethnography of globalization and develops a new approach to understanding media consumption.
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Johan Fornäs is Professor in Culture Studies at Linköping University, Director of the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden and author of Digital Borderlands. Karin Becker is Professor in Journalism at Stockholm University and in Culture Studies at Linköping University and author of Dorothea Lange and the Documentary Tradition. Erling Bjurström is Professor in Culture Studies at Linköping University and author of Children and Television Advertising. Hillevi Ganetz is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at Uppsala University.
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