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

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Overview

Providing the first comprehensive, accessible, and international introduction to cell phone culture and theory, this book is and clear and sophisticated overview of mobile telecommunications, putting the technology in historical and technical context.

Interdisciplinary in its conceptual framework, Cell Phone Culture draws on a wide range of national, regional, and international examples, to carefully explore the new forms of consumption and use of communication and media technology that the phenomenon of mobiles represents.

This fascinating biography of an important cultural object:

  • adopts an integrated multiperspective approach
  • considers the mobile phone and its history, production, design, consumption and representation
  • examines the implications in contemporary media convergence such as digital photography an mobile internet.

Also reflecting on the challenges and provocations of mobile phone technology and use, this is an absolute must read for any student of media studies, cultural studies or technology.

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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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