MOST PRETENTIOUS LINES FROM THIS ARTICLE I HAVE TO READ, "PLACE OR SPACE?"
For my intro to human geography class, which I'm taking to fulfill an requirement. If anyone understands any of these please help me out. You don't have to read this, this just got me to push through the entire 15 page article.
- •Taking this a little deeper, this chapter will suggest how capitalist economies may be creating pseudo-places.
- •Spaces become places as they become "time-thickened."
- •One of the impetuses to study such relationships was the widespread feeling that they were in some sense under threat.
- •If such was the feeling in the nineteenth century, then developments at its end and the beginning of the twentieth century strengthened the trend for abstract ideas of space to dominate
- •Space could be homogenized into units of time
- •The human landscapes of places to which people are attached are sacrificed to placeless, soulless new spaces which are functionally more efficient but reduce the quality of experience.
- •Husserl was intrigued by what goes to make up an object, what constitutes intelligible phenomena.
- •The amalgam of lather, plastic and stitching only becomes a "football" when someone intends to kick it or use it for that game.
- •Thus Heidegger associates inauthentic relationships with das man, meaning "the mob" or "the crowd", a term which negatively contrasts urban life with the figure of the rustic peasant in his work.
- •This approach suggests we always make sense of the world through the materials at hand, not from abstract schema.
- •Finally, cognitive space is how we abstractly model spatial relationships.
- •Many of the trends towards the homogenization of places relate to the creation of a global space through improved communications, both physical and electronic.
- •Landscapes can be engineered, their culture commodified for financial gain.
- •Such simulation can be argued to create "pseudo-places" that only exist through the active creation of mythical spaces.
- •Phenomenologically they are suggested to be "inauthentic" being outside inventions rather than expressions of the culture of the locale.