Mobile Communications: An Introduction to New Media

Overview

The cellphone has achieved a global presence faster than any other form of information and communication technology. A global multi-billion dollar industry, this small, mundane device is now an intrinsic part of our everyday life.

This communications medium has had an immense social and cultural impact and continues to evolve. Talking, texting, photographing, videoing, connecting to a network of other media – the cellphone now seems essential. But, beyond the ways in which it ...

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Overview

The cellphone has achieved a global presence faster than any other form of information and communication technology. A global multi-billion dollar industry, this small, mundane device is now an intrinsic part of our everyday life.

This communications medium has had an immense social and cultural impact and continues to evolve. Talking, texting, photographing, videoing, connecting to a network of other media – the cellphone now seems essential. But, beyond the ways in which it has actively restructured our daily lives, the cellphone 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
  • Sales rank: 946,058
  • 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
2. History and Industry
3. The Relationship with other ICTs
4. Mobile Phones in Public and Private Spaces
5. Mobile Phones and Time
6. Mobile Phones, Social Networks and Peer Relationships
7. Mobile Phones and Power Relations
8. Mobile Images: The Cameraphone
9. Applying Frameworks, Going Forward
Annotated Guide to Further Reading
Questions and Exercises
Conferences & Publications List
Bibliography
Index

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