11 February 2011

Meaning of Space in Cities: Spaces for Political Protest

The situation in Cairo caused me to think about urban spaces. It is noteworthy that the main protest is in a central plaza (Tahrir Square) and that further protests are outside the state television building and president's palace. Obviously, the protestors are very aware of these uses of physical space within this context has political symbology and are metaphors for larger issues. Although the impact of social networking is important, the actual protest is similar to others throughout history. But, it is different due to power of communication in this time period. While the protesters are in a physical space addressing national issues, their audience is ultimately international. The power of social networking via the internet is important on a local scale and internationally. Scales and distances make no difference. What is important is that this is all playing out within an urban setting.

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