Space jam: Media conglomerates build the entertainment city

Susan G. Davis

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Multinational media conglomerates are demonstrating a powerful interest in the problem of place. Time-Warner, Viacom, Seagram's Universal Studios and Sony are commissioning, designing and financing massive urban, suburban and tourist developments. This article explores the international 'location-based entertainment' boom, looks at its reasons and rationales, and evaluates the impact of new ways of bringing media content into collective spaces as a part of the intensified privatization of public space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-459
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Conglomerate media
  • Location-based entertainment
  • Public space
  • Shopping malls
  • Theme parks
  • Urban redevelopment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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