Mobile Communications: An Introduction to New Media

Overview

The mobile phone has achieved a global presence faster than any other form of information and communication technology. It has had an immense social and cultural impact and continues to evolve. Talking, texting, photographing, videoing, connecting to a network of other media-the mobile phone now seems essential. But, beyond the ways in which it has actively restructured our daily lives, the mobile phone has changed our sense of ourselves and the way we see the world. The relationship between public and private ...

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Overview

The mobile phone has achieved a global presence faster than any other form of information and communication technology. It has had an immense social and cultural impact and continues to evolve. Talking, texting, photographing, videoing, connecting to a network of other media-the mobile phone now seems essential. But, beyond the ways in which it has actively restructured our daily lives, the mobile phone has changed our sense of ourselves and the way we see the world. The relationship between public and private space, how we view time and space, how we rely on and negotiate social networks-all are increasingly centred on this small piece of technology. Mobile Communications presents a succinct, challenging, and accessible overview of the transformations and challenges presented by this most personal, yet most overlooked technology.

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"Drawing together an impressive array of previous studies, including the authors’ own research, Mobile Communications situates the mobile phone in the context of debates about ICTs and new media. With a clear, accessible style, it summarises this emerging field, draws out important issues, and provides a key resource for students." — David Bell, University of Leeds
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845208141
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Series: Berg New Media Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

NICOLA GREEN is Senior Lecturer in New Media and New Technologies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey.

LESLIE HADDON is Researcher and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Perspectives on Technologies and ICTs 3

Innovations and Visions 3

Socially Relevant Groups 5

The Experience of Technologies 6

Domestication 7

Reflection: The Meaning of Products 8

The New Mobilities 8

A History of Mobile Communications Research 9

An Emerging Research Field 9

Emerging Research Themes 11

An Outline of the Following Chapters 13

2 History and Industry 17

A Brief History of Mobile Communications Technologies 18

Consumption Histories 29

3 The Relationships Between Technologies 33

ICT Use: Evolution or Revolution? 34

Mobile Technologies and Choices in Communications 36

A Case Study in Communications Choices: Texting 42

Origins and Trajectories: The Early History of an Innovation 43

The Domestication of Texting? 44

Social Consequences of Texting 46

4 Public and Private Spaces 51

Mobilities and the Transformation of the Public and Private Spheres 52

Negotiating the Mobile Public and Private 55

Cross-Cultural Norms and Personal Space 63

The Regulation of Mobile Phone Behaviours 68

5 Time 73

Time, ICTs and Mobile Communications 73

Time and Mobile Communications 76

Mobile Phones and the Changing Organization of Time 78

Mobile Communications and the Experience of Time 82

The Experience of Meeting: A Case Study 84

6 Social Networks and Peer Relationships 87

Communities, Social Capital, Social Networks and ICTs 88

The Strength of Mobile Ties 91

Young People and Social Networks 96

Status and Cultural Value 98

Group Identification and Differentiation 100

The Management of Availability 101

7 Power Relations 107

Dimensions of Power 108

Power and the Social Shapingof ICTs 110

Power and the Social Shaping of Mobile Phones 112

Mobile Phones, Children and Their Parents 116

Ownership 118

Children's Use and Parental Monitoring 120

The Negotiation of Independence 121

Peer Relations and Organizational Networks 122

8 Mobile Images: The Cameraphone 127

Introduction of the Camera Phone 128

Youth and Mobile Images: Content, Sharing, Posting 133

Issues Related to Images: A British Case Study 136

Media Producers and Changes in Photography 140

9 Applying Frameworks, Going Forward 145

The Mobile Internet and Mobile Television 146

Analysing Emerging Technology 147

Going Forward 152

Annotated Guide to Further Reading 153

Questions and Exercises 159

Notes 165

Bibliography 169

Index 187

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