The Visual Imaginary of Global Media

Cubitt, Sean. 2019. The Visual Imaginary of Global Media. Journal of Environmental Media, ISSN 2632-2463 [Article] (Submitted)

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Abstract or Description

Since the explosion of cartography in the European expansion of the 15th century, globalisation in its many variants has always depended on media, but it has also pictured and otherwise visualised the media of its planetary reach, and very often done so in imagery that picks at the gap between the persistence of the local and the deracination of the global enterprise. Through an overview of historical medals, logos, stamps, poems, paintings and engravings, the paper focuses on the visual imaginaries employed to mythologise and to make sense of the reach and power of global media, noting in particular the reduction of land and sea to blank canvases on which communication media superimpose their networks. The paper serves as a genealogy of internet cartography and infographics, attending to the problematic relations between text, numbers, diagrams and pictures and their displacement of environments and localities.

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communications, graphics, stamps, emblem, logo, symbol, global, media, mediation, terra nullius

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


21 February 2019Submitted

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Date Deposited:

08 Mar 2019 12:24

Last Modified:

01 May 2020 10:51

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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