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Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces$
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Nikos Papastergiadis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208920

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208920.001.0001

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Screen Cultures and Public Spaces

(p.3) 1 Introduction
Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces

Nikos Papastergiadis

Amelia Barikin

Scott McQuire

Audrey Yue

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter challenges the binary characterisation of large screens contemporary public spaces, as either an incursion which threatens the fecundity of public engagement, or as a renewal of the democratic public sphere. A public sphere approach is utilised to extrapolate how big screens are a dynamic element within an emergent media ecology, which mediatizes and transforms the boundary between public and private spaces. It also foregrounds a key concern of the book as the exploration of opportunities for new transnational democratic publics and public spaces.

Keywords:   Screen cultures, Public spaces, Transnational democratic public, Public sphere, Big screens, Ambient screens, Mobility

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