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The Cultural Identity of Homo Videns in Mediated City Spaces

Anastasia Deligiaouri
MA in Public Law and Political Science, PhD Candidate in Political Science, Scholar of the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece

Zissis Papadimitriou
Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law and Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Ingår i: The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 20:14, s. 139–148

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Publicerad: 2007-03-06

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ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

Contemporary societies are organized under the rules of “mediated” civilization. Steadily we have passed from homo-sapiens who premised rational thinking as his basic principle to “homo – videns” who privileged the sense of vision against the procedure of logical estimation. Media gaining a dominant position in everyday life have managed to accustom interpersonal relationships; social structure and cultural identities to a mediated context where the sense of direct communication and exchange of ideas is almost a lost case. The problem of true communication; of real human relationships is even exaggerated in big cities where people tend to construct their identities and consequently their behavior; according to stereotypes presented in media. Since the notion of time; effectiveness; and speed are extremely important for “visual” citizens the lack of interpersonal communication leads inevitably to an isolated; “self-made” identity that each one of us constructs for himself; letting alone any common cultural experience. “Homo videns” in modern cities is a media product and his only true and common shared identity is this of “common visuality”. As Hans Georg Gadamer has warned us: “From ’readers’ we have become spectators of the world”.

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