This volume proposes the mobile Internet is best understood as a socio-technical "assemblage" of objects, practices, symbolic representations, experiences and affects. Authors from a variety of disciplines discuss practices mediated through mobile communication, including current phone and tablet devices. The converging concepts of Materialities (ranging from the political economy of communication to physical devices) and Imaginaries (including cultural values, desires and perceptions) are touchstones for each of the chapters in the book.
Introduction: Theories of the Mobile Internet: Mobilities, Assemblages, Materialities, and Imaginaries Andrew Herman, Jan Hadlaw, and Thomas Swiss Part I: The Politics of Mobility and Immobility 1. "We Shall Not Be Moved:" On the Politics of Immobility Darin Barney 2. Openness and Enclosure in Mobile Internet Architecture Alison Powell 3. The Materiality of Locative Media: On the Invisible Structure of Mobile Networks Jason Farman 4. Labours of Mobility: Communicative Capitalism and the Smartphone Cybertariat Enda Brophy and Greig de Peuter Part II: Mobile Pasts and Futures 5. Wireless Pasts and Wired Futures Ghislain Thibault 6. The Rise, Fall and Future of BlackBerry ™ Capitalism Andrew Herman and Vincent Manzerolle 7. Mobile Web 2.0: New Imaginaries of Mobile Internet Gerard Goggin 8. Towards a Future Archaeology of Mobile Telecoms Laura Watts Part III: Living Mobile Lives 9. The Mobile Phone (and Texts) as a Taken for Granted Mediation Rich Ling 10. New and Old, Young and Old: Aging the Mobile Imaginary Barbara Crow & Kim Sawchuk 11. "I’m Melvin, a 4G Hot Spot" Thomas Swiss 12. A Hole in the Hand: Assemblages of Attention and Mobile Screens J. Macgregor Wise 13. Apps and Drive Jodi Dean
This series is our home for innovative research in the field of digital media. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this subject as its influence and significance grow into the twenty-first century.