Connecting geographical ideas with communication theories such as intertextuality, audience–centered theory, and semiotics, Paul C. Adams explores media representations of places, the spatial diffusion of communication technologies, and the power of communication technologies to transform places, and to dictate who does and does not belong in them.
1. From the Spoken Word to the Alphabet.
2. From the Printing Press to the Digital Signal.
3. Communication Flows and Flowmations.
4. Topologies of Communication.
6. Virtuality and Scattered Gatherings.
7. Signs, Symbols and Signals.
8. The Place Image.
10. Place and the Power of Communication.
11. Traces and Routines.
12. Geographies of Expressive Being–in–Place.
13. Final Thoughts.
In presenting a humbler concept, a process rather than an object (p. 9) Adams book not only seems certain to be
widely read beyond an undergraduate audience, but may be more likely to develop genuinely shared connections across such a broad spectrum of scholarship. (Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 1 January 2013)