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Re: <nettime> There is no third world, ergo no 3rd world city/cities
Andrew Bucksbarg on Wed, 10 May 2006 11:19:00 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> There is no third world, ergo no 3rd world city/cities


Perhaps the distinctions "developer" and "developee" (or "developed  
upon") would be more apt to describe the (v)empire associations in  
this context...

I would also argue that the distinction between city and rural is  
just as archaic as the "#rd worlds of the 50's."

Can we broaden our thinking beyond the city or urban?  A small  
college town may be much more rural than a metropolis, but just as  
intellectually or culturally productive as a city, but it doesn't  
make sense to think of a university as an "intellectual city".  When  
does a village or town become a metropolis?  What about networks of  
villages?  Does technology create the "anti-city"?  Perhaps these  
convergences of ideologies, machineries, biologies and  
spatializations we define as city or rurality need much more complex  
descriptions...

Aside from fraudulence in elections, politics in the U.S. for  
instance, demonstrates that important theories of ruralities or  
different concentrations of networks of people and space are very  
important to consider as well as the urban.  Perhaps "ruralities" is  
a term for an interconnecting network of villages and small  
communities, something akin, yet other than city...

And what do we think of the expatriate of the metropolis or the ex- 
urbanite?

Ndrew

On May 7, 2006, at 11:13 PM, Jamil Brownson wrote:

>
> metropolis, urbanity, city, irrespective of language/terminology,  
> the last resort


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