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The Tyranny of Time and Space—Weakened but Not Vanquished

Comment on Special Section on Media and Mobility

Patricia L. Mokhtarian

People have exchanged messages across distances of space or time since the dawn of human history. Modern technologies, for both travel and telecommunication, have vastly increased the speed and reach of our communication potential, but the difference from the past is not just one of degree: at least one difference in kind is the convergence of information/computing technology with communication technology (ICT), and specifically the emergence of the (now-mobile) internet. Relationships between ICT and travel are numerous, complex, and paradoxical. Speculation that “modern“ ICT could substitute for travel virtually coincided with the invention of the telephone, but scholars as early as the 1970s also realized the potential for mutual synergy and generation. Although ICT and travel have diminished the tyranny of space, they cannot be said to have conquered it.

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DEADARTIST.ME

An Experiment with Networks and Traps

Olga Lukyanova and André Mintz

exposing their triviality. Our general aim was to produce a critical reflection on the current status of the internet, observed as increasingly centralized by platformization processes dependent on the commercial interests of data processing. In particular

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Christopher Howard and Wendelin Küpers

millennium. Over the past two decades, there has been widespread diffusion or “spillover” of Internet and mobile technologies across multiple life domains, including tourism and leisure contexts. 30 Twenty-first-century media technologies are weaving the

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Kathleen Frazer Oswald

and Urry describe concepts and initiatives to make traffic safer, more secure, more productive, more environmentally friendly, and in some cases less private. 20 Digitization, they argue, could enable social sorting akin to tiered Internet service

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Maria Hupfield

to line up with the city’s. The image is recognizable as a Brooklyn rooftop at sunrise with the Freedom Tower, New York, in the background. Surrounded by cell phone/Internet transmitters, the human body becomes a beacon transmitting an

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Gijs Mom

and redefinitions of what it means to be mobile, either in a bus, in a car, or on a bicycle, or through a cell phone, a game, or the Internet, or, for that matter, in just a dangerous situation, as the current issue will testify. These reformulations

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Vistas of Future New Mobility Studies

Transfers and Transformations

Georgine Clarsen, Peter Merriman, and Mimi Sheller

academic and nonacademic writers across the globe. We have experimented with redefinitions of what it means to be mobile—on a bus, a car, a ship, an airplane, a bicycle (or all of them); in a house; through a virus, a cell phone, or a game; on the Internet

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Automobiles and Socioeconomic Sustainability

Do We Need a Mobility Bill of Rights?

Daniel Newman

grassroots projects can be facilitated in opposition to centralization, as well as the great potential provided by the Internet to overcome some spatial barriers. If cars are needed, more work to make alternative fuels more affordable is vital, as well as

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“Containers, Carriers, Vehicles”

Three Views of Mobility from Africa

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier, and Katrien Pype

Internet) on social lives, infrastructural construction (roads, railroads, pipelines, airports) on the biophysical environments along and around them, the social lives that incoming technologies acquire locally, the feedback loop between natural resources

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Holly Thorpe

. According to Percovich, the Internet has always played an integral role in the development, communication, and fund-raising efforts of Skateistan: “Even when the organization was very, very basic … the Skateistan website had photos on there that connected