Two key questions for media and cultural studies are posed in this paper. How are we to conceptualize place in a world of flows, including those information flows that are facilitated by modern media of communication? What role do the media play, alongside other institutions and technologies, in transforming experiences of locality and in creating new sorts of social situation for interaction? In attempting to provide answers to these questions, the author presents a critical discussion of ideas put forward by various social and communication theorists (principally by Castells, Urry, Massey, Meyrowitz and Scannell). It is argued that place should be seen as constituted at the interface with flows, as multiplex and open, and as doubled, virtually instantaneously, through practices of electronic media use.
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