The Urban Communication Reader III
Edited By Matthew D. Matsaganis, Victoria J. Gallagher and Susan J. Drucker
Afterword: Cross-Currents Inside and Outside the Communicative City
Crosscurrents Inside and Outside the Communicative City
This afterword is an epilogue to enlarge the perspective of readers and applaud atypical approaches to the study of communication in the urban setting. This critique both applauds and challenges new and often un-studied research avenues in research about cities, while chiding and scolding established and traditional approaches. The authors’ heavy focus on the study of place is put in the context of their lesser focus on public policies related to inside and outside counter forces involved in change management in urban communities.
The city, by its nature, is a communication system rather than a separate and static entity, object, or medium that somehow consciously or incidentally acts, is acted upon, or decides to communicate. Whether a city can qualify as “communicative” is a judgment and evaluation as to whether its actions and ends are positive or negative as viewed by both those inside and outside of the urban experience, and also the study of an individual city or cities in general.
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