So, I drove 5 hours one way to visit my family this weekend. I went because I was supposed to get a free phone (the new Droid model). At the end of the trip, I'm now back in my own town, but with no phone.
As it turns out, there's a larger town about 45 minutes away. Verizon evidently has a policy in which stores at bigger urban areas can take the phones distributed to the smaller urban areas. So, Searcy, Arkansas got the phones that had originally been distributed to Batesville. The irony is that all of the phones were then taken from the Searcy store by the Little Rock store.
So, we've got this interesting picture of flow. First, the phones were distributed (flowed) more evenly across the Arkansas geography. Then, the phones began to re-flow to concentrate in urban centers.
The reasoning given by Horizon is that they could more redily sell the phones in Little Rock. I'm sure there's data to demonstrate greater likelihoods of moving high-end, expensive phones in Little Rock. However, I think that it's about enticement as well. There's simply more people in Little Rock, meaning that the use of the latest version of the phone will be exposed to more people, helping to increase demand, and thus sales, of the device.
I think it might have been David Harvey who once posited that the flows of cultural forms followed the flows of people. This idea makes sense, as it's less likely for music, holidays, etc. to crop up in an area where no practicioners are located.
Following Harvey's logic should we also talk about the flow of materials following the flows of capital?
Are there any works out there related to theorizing on the relationships between intances of flow?
I think it would be nice to read thу work "Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Centuries" by Fernand Braudel. for example, he explained the influence of geography upon social and cultural processes.