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The Future Is Here: Media, Memory, and Futurity in Shanghai
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
2010 (English)In: Space and Culture, ISSN 1206-3312, E-ISSN 1552-8308, Vol. 13, no 3, 220-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Thriving on its long-term collective memory of possessing futurity, Shanghai resurges with large-scale ambitions of becoming the world center of trade and finance as well as the information and communication hub of the Asia-Pacific region with an Infoport advancing beyond the era of the Internet. This article ponders the relationship between memory and futurity in Shanghai, and suggests that in celebrating temporal coexistence, Shanghai offers the contours an alternate social ordering of retromodernity. In this media city, media forms constitute a backbone of the Shanghai imaginary, and the enthusiasm for new communication technologies in Shanghai today is reminiscent of the role that media forms played in modernizing Shanghai in the past. Probing how memories of media futures past may trigger digitalization, the author argues that temporal anchoring in Shanghai does not represent a refusal to partake in the fast-paced world; instead, it pursues a memory of modernity and anchors in a “Bergsonian terrain” where mobility is, in effect, its “natural tradition.”

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2010. Vol. 13, no 3, 220-238 p.
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7672DOI: 10.1177/1206331210365247ISI: 000290312000001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77955215545OAI: diva2:408509
Available from: 2011-04-05 Created: 2011-04-05 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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