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This week’s readings tackled notions of ‘space’ in a qualculative environment. The question of how we navigate these mediated spaces is thus ‘psychogeographical’, to use McQuire’s terminology. On the subject of mobility in a contingent, relational space, McQuire states that it ‘is not easily unified since every subject belongs to multiple matrices or networks that overlap and interpenetrate’. As the flux of ideas and people continues to penetrate geographical borders and states, globalising forces work to undermine the modes of dictating difference premised on territoriality. This reminded of Fredric Jameson’s “Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” (from MCM110), discusses postmodernity as an economic shift where the the individual becomes ‘dislocated’ in what is termed as ‘postmodern hyperspace’. Jameson writes, ‘…we do not yet possesses the perceptual equipment to match this new hyperspace. Therein lies the source of our fragmentation as individuals’. What implications then, does this new spatial order have when it comes to interrelations between worldwide communities and migration? Does this engender a further techno-social inequality that can be orientalising or othering?