The film and media industries have turned New Orleans into “Hollywood South,” a transformation that regularly reorients residents’ relationships with their physical environment. In this essay, I describe the connections I see between the privatization of public space and the impacts of these respatializations on New Orleans as a place. The images in the essay provide a textured look at the way political economies can be visualized not only geographically but also as part of the ordinary experience of everyday life in a city still and always posited as “recovering” from hurricanes and other disasters.
Signs of Home
Vicki Mayer is a professor of communication and media at Tulane University. Her most recent book is Below the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy (2011). She also directs the digital humanities project MediaNOLA (medianola.org), created to map, preserve, and provide open access to cultural histories of New Orleans.
Vicki Mayer; Signs of Home. Public Culture 1 September 2014; 26 (3 (74)): 369–377. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2683684
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