Over the past decade, a new set of interactive, open, participatory and networked spatial media have become widespread. These include mapping platforms, virtual globes, user-generated spatial databases, geodesign and architectural and planning tools, urban dashboards and citizen reporting geo-systems, augmented reality media, and locative media. Collectively these produce and mediate spatial big data and are re-shaping spatial knowledge, spatial behaviour, and spatial politics. Understanding Spatial Media brings together leading scholars from around the globe to examine these new spatial media, their attendant technologies, spatial data, and their social, economic and political effects. The 22 chapters are divided into the following sections: • Spatial media technologies • Spatial data and spatial media • The consequences of spatial media Understanding Spatial Media is the perfect introduction to this fast emerging phenomena for students and practitioners of geography, urban studies, data science, and media and communications.
Social media platforms offer both social connection and cultural production, linking people to one another and providing the means for identity work, self-promotion and creative play. In a relatively short span of time, these sites have become increasingly integrated into our everyday lives and for many have become an integral part of how we find jobs, shop, interact with our romantic partners, and make sense of current events. As Hine (2014) has argued, the very embeddedness of the internet into everyday life can lead to the obfuscation of the infrastructures that make online platforms possible. In other words, because social media platforms are so interwoven into daily routines, it’s easy to overlook the importance of these ...