Amy Lavender Harris

Amy Lavender Harris teaches in the Department of Geography at York University, where her work focuses on urban identity and the cultural significance of place. She is the author of Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism and won the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award.

GEOG 4900 Class 7: Electronic Urbanity

In “A Geography of Notopia,” (City, 10:3, 317-326), Fivos Papadimitriou writes that

virtual geographical identities appear, change and disappear in transactions of a second and in the way the Buddhist philosopher assumes in its ‘pratityasamutpada,’ the theory of the instantaneous being. Entities in ‘Notopia’ circulate the globe and disappear before anyone has perceived them. They become as unrecognisable, uncontrollable and indeterminable as the molucules of a gust of wind. (318)

Today in the Public Space course we’ll explore online identities and consider the innovations and limits of the digital public sphere. In the era of social media, data mining, corporatization, ‘Twitter revolutions’ and electronic censorship, can there even be a digital public?

Lecture Slides

 GEOG 4900 Public Space Summer 2012 Class 7 lecture slides Electronic Urbanity


Global online usage statistics (Internet World Stats, 2011)

Bill C-30 (“An Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts;” also known as the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act,” Canadian House of Commons, 2012) 

“Tell Vic Everything” tweets protest online surveillance (CBC News, 16 February 2012)

SOPA (the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” US, 2011)

“How much is your data worth to Facebook” (ZDNet, 15 May 2012)

Kony 2012 campaign website

‘Consumerism Trumps Education: the Kony 2012 Campaign (Huffington Post, 11 March 2012)

 ‘Anonymous’ Hacking Group Threatens the Internet (NPR, 30 March 2012)





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