Cell Phone Culture: Mobile Technology in Everyday Life

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Routledge, Aug 21, 2012 - Computers - 240 pages
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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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Contents

what do you mean cell phone culture?
1
Part I Producing the cell phone
17
Part II Consuming the cell phone
63
Part III Representing and regulating the cell phone
105
Part IV Mobile convergences
141
Notes
212
Bibliography
217
Index
247
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About the author (2012)

Dr Gerard Goggin is an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. He has published widely on the Internet, mobiles, telecommunications, and new media. His books include Virtual Nation (2004), Disability in Australia (2005) and Digital Disability (2003), and the forthcoming collection Internationalising Internet Studies.

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