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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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Shanghai’s Public Screen Culture

Shanghai’s Public Screen Culture

Local and Coeval

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Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces

Chris Berry

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines local specificity of Shanghai’s public screen culture to contest conceptualisations of public space as subject to the homogenizing effect of globalisation. Berry examines two processes that shape local deployments of the moving image. First, he demonstrates how the drive toward “secular enchantment” is offset by the specific local uses of each screen, which is determined by its social function and institutional context. Second, he analyses Shanghai’s text-based or “walking word” screens as part of a long and varied lineage of putting writing into public spaces. He argues that these local uses are not a “glocal” adaptation of Western standards, but rather, evidence a pattern of coeval development under conditions of rapid proliferation of new media technologies around the world.

Keywords:   Public screen culture, Local, Coeval, Shanghai screen culture, Secular enchantment, Glocal, Walking word

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