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Seeing the smart city on Twitter: Colour and the affective territories of becoming smart

Rose, Gillian and Willis, Alistair (2019). Seeing the smart city on Twitter: Colour and the affective territories of becoming smart. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 37(3) pp. 411–427.

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Abstract

This paper pays attention to the immense and febrile field of digital image files which picture the smart city as they circulate on the social media platform Twitter. The paper considers tweeted images as an affective field in which flow and colour are especially generative. This luminescent field is territorialised into different, emergent forms of becoming ‘smart’. The paper identifies these territorialisations in two ways: firstly, by using the data visualisation software ImagePlot to create a visualisation of 9030 tweeted images related to smart cities; and secondly, by responding to the affective pushes of the image files thus visualised. It identifies two colours and three ways of affectively becoming smart: participating in smart, learning about smart, and anticipating smart, which are enacted with different distributions of mostly orange and blue images. The paper thus argues that debates about the power relations embedded in the smart city should consider the particular affective enactment of being smart that happens via social media. More generally, the paper concludes that geographers must pay more attention to the diverse and productive vitalities of social media platforms in urban life and that this will require experiment with methods that are responsive to specific digital qualities.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1472-3433
Keywords: Smart cities; Twitter; affective territory; data visualisation; colour
Academic Unit/School: ?? fass-pped ??
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 54628
Depositing User: Alistair Willis
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 09:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 08:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54628
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