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Julian Bleecker on dislocation

Californian cool cat Julian Bleecker wrote a very interesting piece about what he calls dislocation: the “ways in which various forms of (mostly electronic) communications/networking social infrastructures make tectonic, geographical alterations on the landscape“. This is meant to appear in a book about locative media edited by Jeremy Hight.

… some of the ways that certain spatial practices related to some technologies are changing how we operate in space. Specifically, the way VoIp shifts the practice of telephony from place-specific to place-agnostic (area-code assignment, Skype from plane or Vonage from plane). There’s no one way to read this shift, other than to say it is emblematic of practice-in-transition. This was anticipated by cell phones and is tied to the relationship between location and motility. The relationship being that location is “ours

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