1st Edition

Cell Phone Culture Mobile Technology in Everyday Life

By Gerard Goggin Copyright 2006
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1. What Do You Mean 'Cell Phone Culture' ?! Part 1: Producing the Cell Phone Chapter 2. Making Voice Portable: The Early History of the Cell Phone Chapter 3.Cool Phone: Nokia, Networks, and Identity Part 2: Consuming the Cell Phone Chapter 4. Txt Msg: The Rise and Rise of Messaging Cultures Chapter 5. Cellular Disability: Consumption, Design, and Access Part 3: Representing and Regulating the Cell Phone Chapter 6. Mobile Panic: Health, Manners, and Our Youth Chapter 7. Intimate Connections: Sex, Celebrity, and the Cell Phone Part 4: Mobile Convergences Chapter 8. On Mobile Photography: Camera Phones, Moblogging, and New Visual Cultures Chapter 9. The Third Screen: Mobile Internet and Television Chapter 10. Next Gen Mobile: 3G, 4G, and the Return of Location Conclusion Chapter 11. Mobiles as Media Bibliography


    Gerard Goggin