freeway-mediatiing-tools & others

Date: Thu Jun 17 2004 - 11:12:59 PDT

I came across this interesting site.

I will try talk about this in a general way, please excuse my misreading of

I thought this is somehow related to recent discussions on 'externalization'
and on 'bodies, matter, action, and meaning.' These sign postings on
freeways (and callings on White hate radios) seem to show people (subjects)
taking action using visual (and audio) tools [gesture and speech], breaking
formal rules and impose their own informal ones on public spaces (freeway
and airways). By taking up a 'new role' and status, as 'offender', they seem
to expand on the 'community.'

They seem to 'externalize' a kind of 'counter script' and project images and
concepts through signs and words that go in the direction of hoping to
produce a 3rd space (a la Lefebvre and Soja)--a different 'activity.'

Taking advantage of daily spatial practices of a large number of people is
not something new. Bill boards and commercials have been polluting urban
spaces and airways for so long. These practices and their tools are seen
'normal' through sanctioned 'roles and rules' that have produced their own
historical and geographical culture. Using these public spaces for another
'activity' is interesting.

iraj imam
The Center for Applied Local Research

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