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Christopher Ali

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040726.001.0001

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Conclusion The Right to be Local?

Conclusion The Right to be Local?

(p.197) Conclusion The Right to be Local?
Media Localism

Christopher Ali

University of Illinois Press

The concluding chapter is written more as an essay than as a conclusion. While it offers some synthesis of earlier chapters, it also posses a thought experiment for the reader, asking: “do we have that right to be local?” Combining conversations on communication rights and the right to communicate with those spurred by Henri Lefebvre and David Harvey on the right to the city, this chapter reflects on the issues that lay ahead for media localism, focusing specifically on municipal broadband and digital infrastructures. The right to be local brings communication rights and the right to the city together by allowing us to consider the roles of both information and infrastructure and of physical places and social relationships.

Keywords:   Right to the City, Right to be Local, Municipal Broadband, Infrastructure, Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Right to Communicate, Communication Rights

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