Cell Phone Culture: Mobile Technology in Everyday Life / Edition 1

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Cell phones and mobile technologies are omnipresent in everyday life, yet the cultural implications of mobile phones have been neglected. This book aims to fill this gap, providing the first comprehensive, accessible, and international introduction to cell phone culture and theory. It offers a clear yet sophisticated overview of mobile telecommunications, putting the technology in historical and technical context.

Cell Phone Culture is a fascinating biography of an important cultural object that adopts an integrated, multiperspectival approach to the cultural and social shaping of technology. Goggin considers the mobile phone from the standpoint of its history, production, design, consumption, and representation as well as its deep implication in contemporary media convergence - such as digital photography, mobile blogging, mobile Internet, and mobile Television.

Interdisciplinary in its conceptual framework, Cell Phone Culture draws on a wide range of national, regional, and international examples, to explore carefully the new forms of consumption and use of communication and media technology that the phenomenon of mobiles represents. Cell Phone Culture also reflects upon the challenges and provocations of mobile phone technology, use, and consumption for anyone studying cultural and media studies today.

About the Author:
Dr Gerard Goggin is an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415367448
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     ix
Acknowledgements     x
List of abbreviations     xii
Introduction: what do you mean 'cell phone culture'?!     1
Producing the cell phone
Making voice portable: the early history of the cell phone     19
Cool phone: Nokia, networks, and identity     41
Consuming the cell phone
Txt msg: the rise and rise of messaging cultures     65
Cellular disability: consumption, design, and access     89
Representing and regulating the cell phone
Mobile panic: health, manners, and our youth     107
Intimate connections: sex, celebrity, and the cell phone     126
Mobile convergences
On mobile photography: camera phones, moblogging, and new visual cultures     143
The third screen: mobile Internet and television     162
Next gen mobile: 3G, 4G, and the return of location     187
Conclusion: mobiles as media     205
Notes     212
Bibliography     217
Index     247
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