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Media Capital Architecture and Communications in New York City

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ISBN-10: 0252078829

ISBN-13: 9780252078828

Edition: 2012

Authors: Aurora Wallace

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In a declaration of the ascendance of the American media industry, nineteenth-century press barons in New York City helped to invent the skyscraper, a quintessentially American icon of progress and aspiration. Early newspaper buildings in the country's media capital were designed to communicate both commercial and civic ideals, provide public space and prescribe discourse, and speak to class and mass in equal measure. This book illustrates how the media have continued to use the city as a space in which to inscribe and assert their power. With a unique focus on corporate headquarters as embodiments of the values of the press and as signposts for understanding media culture,Media Capitaldemonstrates the mutually supporting relationship between the media and urban space. Aurora Wallace considers how architecture contributed to the power of the press, the nature of the reading public, the commercialization of media, and corporate branding in the media industry. Tracing the rise and concentration of the media industry in New York City from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Wallace analyzes physical and discursive space, as well as labor, technology, and aesthetics, to understand the entwined development of the mass media and late capitalism.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
News Capital
New Buildings and New Spaces
Nineteenth-Century Stories and Columns
Art Deco News
Postwar News
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index