In this post from last year’s class, the author sites Lopez’ The Media Ecosystems Chapter 4. In addition to her informative highlights from his book, I would like to quote this author on her view of technology and human connections. I think it will be a good read for consideration for the Gentrification manifesto: @laureljaclyn @hannahmwebster

“Modern day technology can also act as a vehicle for establishing a connection with our environment. With Youtube, people can share their beliefs, motivations, and day- to day- lives all over the planet. With this bonding available, people can begin to care about one another [more].” This thought is consistent with how we have gone about thinking of the media space we want to create. Lopez remarks on empathy: “Empathy, then, becomes a powerful weapon against the abstractions that make exploitation palatable” (111). 

I would like to think that by creating a public media space that allows corporate structures to view and empathize with voices that talk about struggles of location, relocation or displacement, will have a change of heart when they are deciding to build in an existing neighborhood. What are your thoughts on empathy and its power?

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About Hannah M. Webster

Hannah M. Webster Los Angeles, California Hannah M. Webster works with clients to develop their brands with digital design works and content curation for digital, print and multi- media.

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