Radio Documentary and the Formation of Urban Aesthetics

Authors: Karathanasopoulou, E. and Crisell, A.

Editors: Bijsterveld, K.

Volume: 5

Pages: 169-178

Publisher: Transcript


This chapter looks at early radio documentaries as historical evidence of radio’s evolution and, at the same time, at the part radio had in forming an urban aesthetics. Although the media are often seen as observers, distributors and preservers of the most recent history of humanity, the media themselves are part of a developing urbanity and their progress as part of it is documented in their content. In this age of social media, we can see with especial clarity that content is directly affected by the ways in which it is distributed. The images, the sounds, the physical shapes and the space that the paraphernalia of broadcasting and reception occupies within public and private spaces are part of this developing culture. And in recording this culture, the media are also recording themselves: they are documenting their own evolution. Radio sound cannot be separated from the environment in which it transmits: it is a point of view from within.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Evi Karathanasopoulou