Cathy Waite, a visiting research student from Monash University will be presenting a joint RCASS/Institute of Place Management paper in the Business School room 3.07 on Thursday 2nd March at 5pm. All welcome!
Young people’s mediated place-making: constructing the virtual and the material in regional Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Everyday, place-based lives are a familiar presence in young peoples’ online experiences. However, assumptions that young users of social technologies become automatically de-territorialised from their immediate, material surroundings pervade. This paper challenges these assumptions and argues that young people make, and extend material place online by reflecting territorially embedded lives in virtual contexts. Local place is constructed online via a range of image-based affordances and other platforms. Mediated place-making is demonstrated for analysis in this paper through young people’s narratives collected during a recent focus group study. The research was conducted in a regional Australian town with 16-28 year old people. Their perspectives were sought as a means to analyse place-making processes from a diverse range of angles. Mediated place-making was found to constitute an important form of online embodiment demonstrating an experiential, aesthetic interpretation of material place for online interlocutors and audiences to consume.