BCULST 510

Street Space

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2011 at 19:26

Street space:

(Referring to the IWW struggles of the early 1900’s):

“The streets were the physical means of production for meanings. They were the spaces in which values were produced and contested. The result was a series of protracted and often bloody ‘free speech’ fights in which control over the streets was a physical and ideological battleground for the ability to organize, control, and shape the social reproduction of labor.

What are the physical means for meaning and value production now? How has access to audiences changed? Where are the spaces in which an audience may potentially be found and organized, and who controls access to those spaces? How have ideological and physical struggles over the shape of social reproduction been transformed? There are no simple answers to these questions, but there are important trends worth noting. In the first place, spaces of communication and meaning have more and more moved ‘inside’: inside the radio, television, and internet, inside the mall and shopping center, and inside the movie house. These spaces are more readidly amenable to monopolized control (over the means of production of meaning) than are the streets. They are also spaces , in modern capitalist socity, that are (for the most part) privately owned” (p 86).

References:

Mitchell, D. (2000). Cultural geography: a critical introduction. Blackwell: Malden, MA.

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