The metropolitan newspaper was a phenomenon in which, as Gunther Barth stated in City People, revealed common humanity within the cities. Beginning as a small idea, the metropolitan press evolved drastically through technology; the newspaper became widely available to the public. Today, as we approach 200 years of the growth and expansion of the American city, there is no lack of news availability. Not only is news media broadly available to the public and student body, but each paper is able to appeal to the many identities that the city people of Atlanta encompass. The following photographs were shot through my daily walk from Sparks Hall on Georgia State’s campus to the Aderhold Learning Center which is approximately 5 blocks walking distance.
A variety of newspapers are available to students for free with the swipe of their student ID card.
The above pictures show three different newspapers available to students on Georgia State University’s campus. USA Today is a good newspaper that allows for important daily news from every state to be combined into one location. This is a good example of a newspaper that can integrate people beyond their current surroundings, and unite them with similar stories of gossip and important information. The New York Times manages to go beyond USA Today’s scope and encompasses international news as well. The availability of news around the world allows people to unite under opinion and distress. The New York Times also incorporates columns that go beyond news, like style and popular culture. This idea returns to Barth’s point that innovations in such areas are important for city people to keep up with in order to acclimate to their city surroundings.
Some papers are provided on racks for anyone to take. The Signal Urbanite is a student newspaper for Georgia State University, which seeks to share information on small scale news mainly regarding the student community and many organizations and events that are comprised of that community. It also features community opinions and concerns.
The above two photographs come from a news stand on Park Place, where one can receive their news as well as various magazines, or snacks.
The newspaper vending machine seems to be a dying breed in our society, but for $1.50 in quarters anyone in the public has access to these various papers with advertisements, jobs, and information.
The above two photographs are of the Equitable News Stand, which offers a similar combination to the 7 to 7 News Stand, marketing news and other miscellaneous goods for sale.
Barth, Gunther City people: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Youngs, Larry. Class Lecture, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2011.