Internet Geographer


New article published: "Social Media and the Academy: new publics or public geographies?"

The current issue of Dialogues in Human Geography contains a piece that I wrote in response to Kitchin et. al’s opening article: Public Geographies Through Social Media.

Building on that article, my response highlights three core areas of concern that warrant further discussion. The full abstract is below:

Academia and the networks of knowledge and information that it is embedded in are changing. This response highlights three areas of concern within the coming-togethers of social media and geography. First, although blogs can create the fissures in media/social constellations, they more often than not form an integral part of those very mediascapes. Second, while social media may have allowed for some changing gatekeepers, it remains that the creation and dissemination of information are highly socially and spatially uneven. Finally, we are able to critically reflect on how much change we have actually seen in knowledge flows out of academia and whether we are truly seeing new forms and enactions of public geographies. The paper ultimately argues that while new channels and digital mediations of information might allow us to reach different publics, it remains that our digitally mediated work is far from being public.
The full issue is available over at the DHG website, and a pre-publication version of my article is on SSRN. Happy to hear any comments or critiques that extend the discussion.

Full citation: Graham, M. 2013. Social Media and the Academy: New Publics or Public Geographies? Dialogues in Human Geography 3(1) 77-80.