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Towards the study of actual (not potential) mobile-related changes in the developing world, by John Postill

Towards the study of actual (not potential) mobile-related changes in the developing world, by John Postill | Mobile media | Scoop.it

The study of mobile phones has boomed over the past ten years. Today it is doubtless one of the more vibrant research areas across the whole of media and communication studies. But this is also an undertheorised field, as a number of authors have pointed out. In this paper I heed the call for further theoretical work by addressing a blind spot in our field of vision, namely the elusive relationship between mobiles and sociocultural change. I suggest that we think about change not in the present continuous as we usually do (how things are chang-ing at present) but in the recent past, revisiting the empirical examples we have to date on actual changes that have already taken place, and then try and work out what part, if any, mobile phones played in those changes. I explore this approach through examples drawn from three strands of the bourgeoning mobile telephony literature, including some of my own primary research, namely political mobilisation, mobiles and markets, and everyday mobile sociality.

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What Differentiates a Twitter Mob from a Twitter *Mob*?

What Differentiates a Twitter Mob from a Twitter *Mob*? | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but what does wit matter if no one's listening? On Twitter the potential exists for many people to listen ...
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Where in the world are you? Geolocation and language identification in Twitter

Where in the world are you? Geolocation and language identification in Twitter | Mobile media | Scoop.it
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The State Of Mobile 2013: Ownership, Social Media & Business [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

The State Of Mobile 2013: Ownership, Social Media & Business [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | Mobile media | Scoop.it
The State Of Mobile 2013: Ownership, Social Media & Business [INFOGRAPHIC] (The State Of Mobile 2013: Ownership, Social Media & Business [INFOGRAPHIC] http://t.co/qA4EcR4NUm via @alltwtr)...

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NI mobile banking 'growing fast'

NI mobile banking 'growing fast' | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Mobile banking usage in Northern Ireland is rising dramatically, research suggests.
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No Longer a Phone: The Cellphone as an Enabler of Augmented Reality

Today's navigation is different, with no paper map or compass. Instead we use a cellphone that has a built-in GPS. Such a cellphone is also equipped with an embedded camera that can read signs in various languages and barcodes that most humans cannot decipher. Combined, the GPS and the camera participate in the production and exercise of augmented reality, where reality is presented with layers of information which are accessible only through technological mediation. Currently such mediation is enabled by the cellphone, thereby providing novel dimensions to our experience of mobility. Consequently it produces innovative ways of navigation and a new sensation of reality.

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The early years of the mobile phone in Australia

The early years of the mobile phone in Australia | Mobile media | Scoop.it
In 1989 historian Robin Robertson saw her first mobile phone on a bus in Sydney. She wrote a piece about her first impressions which was published in a newspaper, and later incorporated into the high school curriculum of NSW.
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The internet once destroyed jobs and companies, but it has now become an engine of growth for old media

The internet once destroyed jobs and companies, but it has now become an engine of growth for old media | Mobile media | Scoop.it
FASTER than a speeding bit, the internet upended media and entertainment companies. Piracy soared, and sales of albums and films slid. Newspapers lost advertising...
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Optician's clinic that fits a pocket

Optician's clinic that fits a pocket | Mobile media | Scoop.it
The Peek app transforms a smartphone into a mobile optician's clinic.
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In the Global South, smartphones aren't making cybercafes obsolete

In the Global South, smartphones aren't making cybercafes obsolete | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Smartphones were thought to make cybercafes obsolete in the global south, but new research shows it is not the case.
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Twitter's machines call on low-paid humans in battle to keep up with hashtags

Twitter's machines call on low-paid humans in battle to keep up with hashtags | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Twitter has revealed it has developed a "computation engine" comprising low-paid human workers to categorise the hashtags and topics enjoying sudden spikes in popularity, to help it to sell advertising against them.
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m4d: The fun is over. Time to get tough?

m4d: The fun is over. Time to get tough? | Mobile media | Scoop.it
I’m all for discussion and debate, and I’ve taken part in my fair share over the past eleven years. But I’m now beginning to wonder if, after all this time, everything we could ha...
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@jcdonner keynote on mobile data in the developing world

@jcdonner keynote on mobile data in the developing world | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Here is the video from my talk at a recent conference o…
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Device Consciousness and Collective Volition

Device Consciousness and Collective Volition | Mobile media | Scoop.it

by Joss Hands.

 

The article will explore the augmentation of cognition with the affordances of mobile micro- blogging apps, specifically the most developed of these: Twitter. It will ask whether this is enabling new kinds of on-the-fly collective cognition, and in particular what will be referred to as ‘collective volition.’ It will approach this with an address to Bernard Stiegler’s concept of grammatisation, which he defines as as, “the history of the exteriorization of memory in all its forms: nervous and cerebral memory, corporeal and muscular memory, biogenetic memory” (New Critique 33). This will be explored in particular with reference to the human relation with the time of protention, that is an orientation to the future in the lived moment. The argument is that there is a new relation to technology, as a result of the increased velocity, multiplicity and ubiquity of micro-communications. As such this essay will serve as a speculative hypothesis, laying the groundwork for further research.

 

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Decline in social networking among UK 9-16 yrs.

Decline in social networking among UK 9-16 yrs. | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Convergent mobile media are increasingly popular among European children. However, up-to-date and comparable findings regarding the use of mobile media (especially smartphones and tablets),...
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Decline in social networking among UK 9-16 yrs. From 67% in 2010 @EUKIDSONLINE to 58% in 2013 @NETCHILDRENGOMOBILE http://www.netchildrengomobile.eu

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Digital divide mars disaster relief

Digital divide mars disaster relief | Mobile media | Scoop.it
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Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Mobile Phones – Report on a Wenner-Gren Funded Workshop

Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Mobile Phones – Report on a Wenner-Gren Funded Workshop | Mobile media | Scoop.it

In June 2013, our collaborative George Washington University/Smithsonian Institution team–Joshua A. Bell (NMNH Anthropology), Joel Kuipers (GWU Anthropology), Briel Kobak, Amanda Kemble, and Jacqueline Hazen–hosted a Wenner-Gren funded workshop, Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Mobile Phones, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The workshop grew out of our anthropological project “Fixing Connections: The Art & Science of Repair,” which is funded by support a grant from the Smithsonian’s Consortium for World Cultures and Understanding the American Experience (www.si.edu/consortia). Since May 2012 we have been conducting ethnographic research in cell phone repair shops across the Washington, DC area to investigate the cultural intimacies associated with cell phones as well as their materiality. Repair shops are dynamic sites in which the social and linguistic components of technology – anxieties about damage and loss of information, connection and availability– articulate with the material realities of cell phones– the parts, supply chains, and labor that are required for repair (See Figures 1 and 2).

 

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Book Review: The Great Indian Phone Book: How The Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

Book Review: The Great Indian Phone Book: How The Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life | Mobile media | Scoop.it
The cheap mobile phone is arguably the most significant personal communications device in history. In India, where caste hierarchy has reinforced power for generations, the disruptive potential of ...
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“Life outside the mobile phone is unbearable, hum?” she smiled.

“Life outside the mobile phone is unbearable, hum?” she smiled. | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Amber Wang talks about the distinction between the 'online' and 'offline', and how it seems to be particularly applicable to her research participants, factory workers in South China .
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Aplikasi smartphone deteksi gangguan jantung dengan akurasi tinggi

Sekarang ini ada applikasi smartphone untuk segala macam, dan ternyata juga ada aplikasi atau app yang dikatakan bisa mendeteksi kondisi jantung yang bisa mematikan. Malah katanya lebih akurat dibanding seorang dokter ahli jantung.
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Communicating death in an Indian village via digital media

Communicating death in an Indian village via digital media | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Shriram Venkatraman describes how social media and mobile phone use is influencing death rituals and practice in India.
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Smartphones outsell basic handsets worldwide

Smartphones outsell basic handsets worldwide | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Smartphone sales exceed feature phone sales for the first time in the April-to-June period, according to research firm Gartner.
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Digital Mobile Health and Social Research Network

Digital Mobile Health and Social Research Network | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Deborah Lupton is putting together an e-mail list about self-tracking for health and medical purposes. Get in touch if you'd like to join: We're forming a contact email list of researchers interest...
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The UK living room makes a comeback, and it has mobile technology to thank

The UK living room makes a comeback, and it has mobile technology to thank | Mobile media | Scoop.it
Ofcom says tablets and phones are bringing families together as viewers gather round TVs with handheld devices
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kiwanja.net : Mobile Database

kiwanja.net helps social innovators, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations make better use of information and communication technologies in their work.
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Ken Banks ‏@kiwanja 26 Jul

If you're looking for reports on #mobile technology for social change, the kiwanja Database now has over 700. http://www.kiwanja.net/database/kiwanja_browse.php ;… #m4d

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