Geomedia and Spaces of the In-between. Geo-referencing, Non-localization, and Glocalization

Gryl, Inga LSF; Scharf, Claudia LSF; Weis, Swantje LSF; Schulze, Uwe

In this paper, we adapt a broad understanding of the term media (after McLuhan) and discuss the term geomedia, which we define in a wider sense, focusing not only on localized forms of geomedia, such as digital maps, but also on representations that are loosely linked to the lifeworld, without geometrically and geographically measurable addresses. Furthermore, geomedia, like all media, refer to a communication space which creates spaces of the in-between. In the case of geomedia, these spaces of the in-between are somehow de-linked from geographical spaces and the limitations of the lifeworld. At the same time, geomedia are closely linked to spaces, due both to the lifeworld content to which geomedia refer and to the influence of geomedia on human action. These spaces of the in-between can open up in digital and analogue media, which we regard as insep-arably intertwined. This opening up of the in-between presents opportunities for people, including marginalized groups, to get connected and stimulate social actions by sharing interests, exchanging ideas or criticizing social injustices, as well as discussing options for implementing social change. Given the strong connection between communication, par-ticipation and being innovative, we argue that geomedia are useful instruments that ena-ble people to acquire innovativeness, which in turn fosters their ability to participate in society.

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Gryl, Inga / Scharf, Claudia / Weis, Swantje / et al: Geomedia and Spaces of the In-between. Geo-referencing, Non-localization, and Glocalization. 2018.

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