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Although the Internet takes us everywhere in cyberspace, it usually requires us to be seated behind a desk. In contrast, the cellphone lets us walk through the world, fully connected. Cellphone explores the history of mobility in media—from books to cameras to transistor radios to laptops—and examines the unique impact of a device that sits in a pocket or palm, and lets us converse by voice or text. The restricting and liberating edge of accessibility transforms restaurants, public transport, automobiles, romance, literacy, parent-child relationships, war, and indeed all walks of life, trivial and profound. Like an organic cell that moves, evolves, combines with other cells, and generates, the cellphone has become a complex sparkplug of human life.
Preface: The Irresistible Calling
• The "Miracle-Phone"
• Information on the Move
• World Wide Spiderweb
• The Mobile Hearth
• The Drawbacks of Always Being in Touch
• The Social Intruder
• Kids on the Hook
• More than a Conversation Piece
• Leapfrogging Landlines and the Digital Divide
• The Cellphone at War
• Future Calls *Selected Bibliography, with Annotations