Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the by Jeff Rice
By Jeff Rice
Because the 1967 riots that ripped aside the town, Detroit has often been considered both as a spot in ruins or a city at the verge of rejuvenation. In Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and area within the Age of the Network, writer Jeff Rice is going past the idea of Detroit as easily a urban of 2 rules. as a substitute he explores the town as an internet of a number of meanings which, within the electronic age, come jointly within the city’s areas to shape a community that shapes the writing, the task, and the very contemplating these round it.
Rice focuses his learn on 4 of Detroit’s such a lot iconic places—Woodward street, the Maccabees construction, Michigan principal Station, and eight Mile—covering each one in a separate bankruptcy. every one of those chapters explains one of many 4 positive factors of community rhetoric: folksono(me), the affective interface, reaction, and determination making. As those rhetorical gains attach, they shape the final community referred to as electronic Detroit. Rice demonstrates how new media, reminiscent of podcasts, wikis, blogs, interactive maps, and the web often, knit jointly Detroit right into a electronic community whose identification is fluid and ever-changing. In telling Detroit’s spatial tale, Rice deftly illustrates how this new media, as a rhetorical perform, finally shapes understandings of house in ways in which laptop purposes and town making plans frequently can't. the result's a version for a brand new mind set and interacting with house and the mind's eye, and for a greater knowing of the demanding situations community rhetorics pose for writing.
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Additional resources for Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network
In the age of information, Virilio warns, “control becomes the environment itself” (131). Indeed, the controlled economies of Michigan dependent on automotive success might lead one to perceive Detroit as an assembly-line-driven city unable to control its own destiny outside of one specific type of manufacturing. In his chronicle of Detroit, Thomas Sugrue makes such an argument, writing that “the most important force that restructured Detroit’s economy after World War II was the advent of new automated processes in the automobile, auto parts, and machine tool industries” (130).
In the economy of presence, we have the means to be both communal and proximal, to shift identities—ours as well as spaces we encounter—as we engage with these types of interactions. Online mapping makes that presence felt by drawing upon a number of discursive places at once. In The Postmodern Condition, Jean-François Lyotard suggested a similar computer-based future (preweb) in which databases would control expression and thus shift how ideas are spatialized. That control comes with a warning regarding how information is arranged and delivered.
White’s automotive phoenix, like these other examples, follows the tradition of connecting Detroit and destitution as parallel topoi. These topoi are strong in the popular vocabulary and public image of Detroit, and it is important to note their continued use by various kinds of writers, speakers, and performers as a type of database that informs rhetorical expression. Even those far removed from Detroit, like the novelist Henry Miller, who returned to the United States during World War II after extended living in Europe, drew on this type of database.