Strip Cultures: Finding America in Las Vegas
The members of the Project on Vegas are Stacy M. Jameson, Instructor of Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island; Karen Klugman, photographer and Chair of the Art Department at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut; Jane Kuenz, Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine; and Susan Willis, Associate Professor of Literature at Duke University.
The Shipping Container Capital of the World
Vegas suggests the identity and community envisioned by the rise of social media and the networked and augmented spaces necessary for it. The constant self-exposure and liking of our own and each other’s content mirrors the self-branding and flexibility required of workers in a global economy. CityCenter exemplifies the shift away from local geography and history toward a global city characterized by the same neoliberal discourse of freedom, security, individualism, and choice. The city’s new Downtown Project makes online communities and connectivity the models for urban neighborhoods and how people interact in them, where everyone moves freely as long as their interests and ideas can be tagged and mined as data. This chapter ends with analyses of Bodies . . . the Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.