The situational geography of everyday life

From Zizi Papacharissi’s A Private Sphere pg 68:

Meyrowitz (1986) described this as the ability of electronic media to remove, or at least rearrange, boundaries between public and private spaces, affecting our lives not so much through content, but rather “by changing the ‘situational geography’ of social life” (p. 6). In the seminal No Sense of Place, Meyrowitz (1986), likened this potential to the architectural effect that would be created were all walls physically separating rooms, houses, offices, buildings, and all concrete structures to be lifted. The result would combine several previously distinct situations, creating a paradox: an inharmonious continuum of several disconnected conversations, simultaneously aware of but potentially discordant with each other. This confluence of public and private boundaries exposes individuals to a variety of potential audiences, some intentional and several accidental. Still, because the norms of evaluating social behavior remain the same, individuals feel compelled to adjust their behavior so that it may be compatible with a variety of different situations and audiences.

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