After my recent post on Brian McNair’s talk, Brian pointed out to me via Facebook that I had neglected the discussion at the session about “tankies”. Brian was commenting on his work on media and the Soviet Union, and how his time spent in the former USSR during the period of Gorbachev’s “Perestroika” reforms helped to shape his subsequent thinking about the media, from his earlier work that was strongly influenced by the Glasgow University Media Group.
The second plenary is by Professor Michael Dear (UC Berkeley), whose paper is titled Topogenesis: Spaces and Flows in the Production of Urban Spaces. He critiques the notion, asssociated with Manuel Castells and the conference organisers, that time is being annihilated by space. He questions the claim that the “Informational City” is a process more than a place, and that it loses connection with its hinterlands to become a node in a global space of flows. Dear instead argues that
I have observed that the term neoliberalism is in my view over-used, and has lost much descriptive clarity as it has become something of an omnibus term of abuse for anything or anyone who you happen to disagree with. Increasingly, the term functions in much the same way as the word “bourgeois” did for radicals in the 1970s.
In order to clarify with an example, I have provided a link to a review I have undertaken of Des Freedman’s The Politics