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Telecommunications and the future of cities: Debunking the myths

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Graham



This article attempts to debunk five prevailing myths which together are implicit in much of the current debate and rhetoric surrounding telecommunications and the future of cities. These are labelled: the myth of the technological determinism, the myth of urban dissolution, the myth of universal access, the myth of the simple substitution of transport by telecommunications, and the myth of local powerlessness. Each is treated in turn, and for each an attempt is made to build on recent research to develop more sophisticated perspectives of city-telecommunications relations. © 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Graham S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cities

Year: 1997

Volume: 14

Issue: 1

Pages: 21-29

Print publication date: 01/02/1997

Date deposited: 17/03/2010

ISSN (print): 0264-2751

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6084

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/S0264-2751(37)00037-8


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