William J. Mitchell speaking on his newest book, “Placing Words” (MIT Press, 2005).
The meaning of a message, says William Mitchell, depends on the context of its reception. “Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater produces a dramatically different effect from barking the same word to a squad of soldiers with guns,” he observes. In his new book, Professor Mitchell looks at the ways in which urban spaces and places provide settings for communication and at how they conduct complex flows of information through the twenty-first century city.
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