The Mediated Urban – Our Idea

Now you know who we are, two girls who study humangeography, who like to go out meet friend and enjoy city live. In this blog we would like to talk with you about a big topic of our studies – the urban, media and urban society. Who doesn’t want to know what is happening around you, how things are connected and what is changing?

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Gamification – It’s all a game?

Since human exist we are playing, animals playing, some playing more, some less, but in nature and earlier times human and animals played to learn something. Learning in a playful way. Taking the example from hide and seek where our hearing senses get used, play catching to learn for hunting. It is proved that people can learn through games and change their behaviour. Johan Huizinga wrote in his book “Homo ludens. Vom Ursprung der Kultur als Spiel” the game is a characteristic feature of humans. Progress can only be achieved through play. Progress thrives on leaving the normal world behind and trying something new, on competition, on the desire to win and the desire to overcome difficulties, leads to the joy of playing. This pleasure in the game is also essential when it comes to entrepreneurial innovations. Innovation happens according to the rules of the game: it is the fun of the new, the playful handling of reality, the competition and the will to try something out.

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Digital Screens – Where does this lead us?

Everyone knows them and everyone has to look. An automatic glance at the large flashing digital wall is something everyone is likely to throw their eyes at. Whether driving car, high up or directly at eye level, digital screens are now hard to imagine without, but that was once different. From the verbal recommendation of products, to advertisements in newspapers, to the vacuum cleaner salesman at the front door, to the large billboards. Digitalization has not stopped at the billboards either, but transformed them into digital screens that display videos or other moving images that can always be up to date. We usually find these digital advertising scenes in urban space, as they can reach a broad mass there.

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Real or Fake? – Confusion of Imagination of a City

„Oh, look, this place looks like Venice, with the gondolas and all.“ Such sentences are no rarity today, because as we heard in the last blog post, almost everyone has a certain image in mind when thinking of a well-known city. Recurring associations of a place, concise elements that emerge, stand out and characterize a city or a whole country. These associations often belong to the so-called landmarks of a city. Places that are probably on everyone’s „must do list“, so anyone who has ever been to New York has seen the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Centre and Times Square. In Paris, however, hardly anyone will leave the city without having seen the Eiffel Tower. In this way each city forms its own image.

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Cosmopolitanism – In Singapore

Cosmopolitanism, what is it and what does it have to do with our blog? We want to look at how people and/or the media form the urban. We don’t want to see the city here as a closed container, because as we already learned in the blog post about urban society, there are no clear boundaries. This is also what cosmopolitanism is about, the NOT belonging to a certain society, nation, group or city, but of the so-called human species or the world.

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