Shaun Moores is Professor of Media and Communications, Associate Director of CRMCS (the Center for Research in Media and Cultural Studies), and RAE/REF Unit of Assessment Leader. He was formerly Associate Professor of Media and Communications in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. His is a “non-media-centric” media studies, one that reaches across disciplinary boundaries to engage critically with phenomenological approaches within philosophy, geography, anthropology, and sociology. His research, above all, investigates media use in every day living.
In this piece, Moores submits media technologies in fact represent a “pluralizing of place and relationships” (27). While time’s social organization has shifted and become abstracted from discrete locations, it hasn’t resulted in the eradication of place. Per Joshua Meyrowitz (1985), electronic media affect us not just through content, “but by changing the ‘situational geography’ of social life” (as cited on 22). Places’ boundaries are more permeable.
Place is “pluralized, not marginalized” (21).