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By Anne M. Cronin

Supplying an in depth account of up to date outdoors advertisements and its courting with city house, this publication examines what the outdoors ads tells us concerning the advertisement construction of city area, what practices demonstrate approximately modern capitalism, and the way advertisements and billboard buildings interface with areas of the town

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These calculations were framed by the standard The Industry and the City 39 industry practice of competitively pitching for contracts. In effect, the dynamism of the market relationships between media owners, media agencies and clients is performative. It animates the search for, and circulation of, forms of (vital) knowledges which in turn animate the field and, in their performative action, enact commercial futures. Of course, on a mundane level companies are strategic about the futures they release.

It constitutes a productive nexus of energy–time–space, similar to Lefebvre’s formation: ‘though a product to be used, to be consumed, [social space] is also a means of production; networks of exchange and flows of raw materials and energy fashion space and are determined by it’ (1991: 85, emphasis in the original). Space is understood and enacted in the industry as fluid, lived, contingent; what would be conventionally considered a city or urban space is understood and worked upon as a complex of energy–time–space.

Research data is seen as a malleable resource and its reference to ‘the real world’ is understood as flexible and strategic. 4 These modes of calculation, measurement and the presentation of data are thus best seen as commercial experiments. Their defining characteristic is not their ‘failure’ to capture the world, for instance, in the ambiguous impact of advertising on sales; the small numbers of people recalling ads; the sketchy marketing classifications of people or certain spaces or routes in those spaces.

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