Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media: The Prosaic Image. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge (2014). 232 pp. isbn : 978-0-415-3063-8. Price: $160.00. Even though it is not immediately apparent from its title, Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media is a book about a specific place and time: the city of Hong Kong, in the tumultuous years between the late 2000s and early 2010s. Published in the Routledge series ‘Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia’, Helen Grace’s book foregrounds the locality of visual media practices in Hong Kong, a topic largely untouched by preceding scholarship, and chooses an urban focus that similar analyses usually extend to national or transnational breadths. While limiting one’s scope to a single city might seem too narrow in the global context of ubiquitous media, Grace’s choice is argued very convincingly: Hong Kong is, in fact, an ideal observation point from which to survey how the recent industrial past of the city, its contemporary configurations of urban mobility, and its closeness to the production sites of camera phones right across the Shenzhen border have resulted in ‘a particular intensity of image production in the region, the significance of which has not previously been
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