Constructing Authenticity: Location Based Social Networks, Digital Placemaking, and the Design of Centralized Urban Spaces

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Abstract

In urban lives conducted through mobile devices, locative services, and
social media discourse, the ability to interact with the image of the city and its
public spaces makes it appear more liberal, heterogenous, and democratic. However,
in this chapter the collection of data within digital and urban platforms is seen to
facilitate an underlying political and economic value system that frames the way in
which this image is constructed. Much research has addressed the ways in which
social media platforms attempt to centralize online discourse to monopolize revenue
from advertizing and data analytics. Less has been done to identify the ways in
which governments, private developers, and nonprofit cultural institutions utilize
these platforms to encourage the growth of centralized urban spaces. This chapter
analyses the relationships between location-based social networks and emerging
practices of digital placemaking to understand how discourse of a more authentic
and communal “public” space masks the emergence of “Hypermediated Space”—
places where architecture and other forms of cultural production are “optimised” to
increase the profitability of centralized spaces for urban stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMediated Identities in the Futures of Place: Emerging Practices and Spatial Cultures
EditorsPriya Rajendran Lakshmi, NezHapi Dellé Odeleye
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Chapter8
Pages133-151
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-06237-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-06236-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Adaptive Environments
PublisherSpringer

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