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Code and Clay, Data and DirtFive Thousand Years of Urban Media$
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Shannon Mattern

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517902438

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.001.0001

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Waves and Wires

Waves and Wires

Cities of Electric Sound

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Code and Clay, Data and Dirt

Shannon Mattern

University of Minnesota Press

“Waves and Wires: Cities of Electric Sound,” describes how, since the mid-19th century, our urban atmospheres have been charged with electric and electromagnetic telecommunications: telegraph and telephone wires and radio waves. I explain how these technologies have shaped, and continue to shape, urban form, and make themselves heard in the urban environment.

Keywords:   Cities urban media cultural history archaeology infrastructure print radio sound telecommunications

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