Passé Media: Communication and Transportation on Commuter and Computer Buses

Communication Theory, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2015

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Robert Gehl

University of Utah - Department of Communication

Brian Cozen

University of Utah - Department of Communication

Date Written: October 20, 2014

Abstract

This essay proposes the concept of “passé media” as a contribution to scholarship that combines communication and geography, as well as to work that foregrounds background processes of networked, digitized social production. Passé media, communication and transportation technologies that both connect endpoints and are acclaimed only until the next technology arrives, reveal at least three attributes: (1) a novel way to conceptualize mobility, (2) the transformation of use-value to exchange-value, and (3) the continued ecological imprints of digital technologies. To illustrate, we turn to the bus, deployed both for transportation (commuter buses) and communication (computer buses). We argue that the moment of the bus highlights the ways in which spaces of connection are simultaneously privileged and ignored, highlighted and effaced.

Keywords: passé media, data transportation, commuter bus, computer bus, communication geography

Suggested Citation

Gehl, Robert and Cozen, Brian, Passé Media: Communication and Transportation on Commuter and Computer Buses (October 20, 2014). Communication Theory, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2567816

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Brian Cozen

University of Utah - Department of Communication ( email )

United States

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