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ERIC Number: ED084576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 15
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Our De-Urbanized Cities and Other Obvious Paradoxes--An Outsider's Contributions to an Action Caucus of the SCA (Speech Communication Association).
Shaw, Eugene F.
Despite large rural areas, the United States is basically an urban nation, particularly since the extensiveness and variety of communication networks, rather than open spaces, determine the true degree of urbanization of a region or community. A region is urban to the extent that its interpersonal and media channels are developed. The metropolitan city, with its diverse groups of people, occupations, and ideologies, is urban only if these diversities are interrelated and interdependent through communication networks. An individual's urbanism is determined by the degree to which he participates in and responds to communication messages. American cities are becoming increasingly "de-urbanized," not only because of departures of businesses and families, but also because of the insularity and isolation of those who remain. This isolation is caused largely by feelings of instability and insecurity. The great problem of cities is to increase public participation in the communication networks. The city colleges can play a major role, with their unique opportunities to provide a more urban outlook to their students through varied curricula and adult education programs. (RN)
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Note: Paper prepared at the invitation of the 1972 Action Caucus of the Speech Communication Assn. and delivered at the SCA Convention, Chicago, December 27, 1972