Introducing and contextualising the contributions to the thematic section on ports, we discuss the conceptual and empirical productivity of the port for media research. As material infrastructures, ports mediate between land and sea, nature and culture, centres of power and colonised/extracted peripheries. As logistic nodes, ports connect transport and communication, technological innovation and revolutionary agency. Their ambivalent and managed visibility makes ports an intriguing motif of media representations that is harnessed for dramatic narratives, cognitive mapping of capitalism, or for city branding. As such ports help to rethink ideas about the relationship between material and symbolic aspects of mediation, between technological innovation and cultural heritage, between metaphorical and literal media ecologies.
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https://www.necsus-ejms.org/wp-content/uploads/Necsus-01.png 0 0 Greg DeCuir https://www.necsus-ejms.org/wp-content/uploads/Necsus-01.png Greg DeCuir2023-06-07 08:39:112023-06-07 08:39:11Ports: On the material and symbolic mediation of global capitalism
https://www.necsus-ejms.org/wp-content/uploads/Necsus-01.png 0 0 Greg DeCuir https://www.necsus-ejms.org/wp-content/uploads/Necsus-01.png Greg DeCuir2014-12-04 09:54:012014-12-04 09:54:01Photographed by the Earth: War and media in light of nuclear events
by Thomas Pringle Double exposure, radiation, and imperceptible violence In a rare photo taken on set of the 1956 film The Conqueror (Dick Powell), we see the late John Wayne posing with his two sons while they contemplate a dusty metal box. The location shoot for the film occurred just outside St. George, Utah, and […]