re: our class discussion today — I am reminded of several poets who respond to the human condition via Twitter, like Steve Roggenbuck, beachsloth, dril, and notably, postcrunk.
On the spectrum of Augé concept of place (relational, historical, and concerned with identity, which make identity possible, both for the individual and the group) to non-place (lacking historical, relational, identity contents, temporary, abstract) I think the non-place is heavily influenced by the degree of consumerism/objectification involved. An airport may be conglomeration of people, but they are not related, share no history, and offer no identity to hinge upon — my sense of self & sense of community are not fulfilled by walking thru LAX.
“Home,” “church,” “neighborhood” may all be closer to the place end of the spectrum since they involve social development of identity in non-market spheres of life. A major issue I see with the “McWorld” is that even these areas of life are being permeated by consumerism and in many cases, even replaced by temporary non-place counterparts. Augé writes as much:
“A world where people are born in the clinic and die in hospital, where transit points and temporary abodes are proliferating under luxurious or inhuman conditions (hotel chains and squats, holiday clubs and refugee camps, shantytowns threatened with demolition or doomed to festering longevity); where a dense network of means of transport which are also inhabited spaces is developing; where the habitue of supermarkets, slot machines and credit cards communicates wordlessly, through gestures, with an abstract, unmediated commerce; a world thus surrendered to solitary individuality, to the fleeting, the temporary and ephemeral…” (Non-Places, 77-78)
Anyway, some depressing and relatable @postcrunk tweets that I think represent this (and other) concepts discussed quite well: