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Journal Cover   Mobile Media & Communication
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [757 journals]
  • Cabs, community, and control: Mobile communication among Chicago's taxi
           drivers
    • Authors: Williams; M. G.
      Pages: 3 - 19
      Abstract: Today’s mobile technology and mobile professions mean that people are nearly always either in, or connected to someone who is in motion. And yet, communities persist in the face of this constant motion. This is a qualitative study of a mobile labor group—taxi drivers in Chicago. Similar to Wallis’s (2011) conclusions, I found that access to and use of a mobile phone does not automatically imbue taxi drivers with power and autonomy from forces that seem to be working against them. However, access to mobile phones does help to shake up the hierarchy of control in the taxi industry. This study has also identified another type of community where the theory of polymedia (Madianou & Miller, 2012) applies, that is, labor communities, and has shown that while choice of technology may offer some sense of power, access to mobile communication technology does not necessarily result in significant changes in power structures within and surrounding a community.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:33-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914544804
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • On the liveness of mobile phone mediation: Youth expectations of
           remittances and narratives of discontent in the Cameroonian transnational
           family
    • Authors: Tazanu; P. M.
      Pages: 20 - 35
      Abstract: Drawn from multisited fieldwork conducted among Cameroonians in Germany and Cameroon, the article reveals that the liveness of mobile phone communication influences expectations and narratives of remittances in Cameroonian transnational social relationships. These expectations are meaningful within a cultural context where economic resources are expected to flow from migrants to nonmigrants. As this case demonstrates, the general belief in nonmigrants’ entitlement to the achievements of those who migrate regardless of their status abroad, also means migrant students are involved in remittances practices. The students are expected to remit and at the same time, they are conscious of their obligation to support people who stay back in the home country. As such, the mobile phone ideally provides an infrastructure through which monetary resources could be coordinated and channeled to Cameroon. While exploring this possibility of remittances transfer, I argue that instant communication contradictorily generates and fuels conflicts mainly as a result of unmet expectations of deploying the phone to directly request money from abroad.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914545801
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Tasking the everyday: Where mobile and online communication take time
    • Authors: Burchell; K.
      Pages: 36 - 52
      Abstract: In the contemporary urban environment, the conditions for communication are in abundance, having shifted and extended to include multiple overlapping possibilities for interaction through mobile devices, personal computers, and online platforms such that traditional domains of activity have been subsumed within a relational domain of communication activity. This involves not only an extension of interaction across spaces of activity but also the remapping of how interpersonal communication practices are woven into the temporality and embodied practices of everyday life. The conditions for networked communication partially emerge through a consistent set of embodied background communication practices. These include practices of the individual maintaining contact with technological objects in their environment and also the habitual rhythms of interface-level practices, which together contribute to the forms of networked connection. Stemming from qualitative fieldwork with 35 participants during 2010 and 2011, this paper explores the organization and experience of networked interpersonal communication practices within the temporalities of everyday life. The individual’s perceived need for networked connection is proposed as the prerequisite for, but also a condition of, participation in contemporary everyday life. This paper explores the emerging role of networked time: where the constant and multiple embodied rhythms of individual engagement with overlapping media technologies, as objects and interfaces within the material environment, are interwoven with the capacity of those media to partially constitute one’s relationship to, and management of, time in everyday life. The tension between the finite minutes of the individual’s day and the limitless potential of networked connection is explored through the individual’s interface-level practices to avoid being temporally overwhelmed by potential interactions. In this manner, communication is perceived and managed as distinct, quantifiable, but variable units of time in and of themselves: interaction as "tasks" to be addressed and completed through engagement.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914546711
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Accessing the news in an age of mobile media: Tracing displacing and
           complementary effects of mobile news on newspapers and online news
    • Authors: Westlund, O; Fardigh, M. A.
      Pages: 53 - 74
      Abstract: Legacy news media have invested substantially in developing digital and mobile news provisioning, alongside the widespread diffusion of information and communication technologies. Amid these developments, many people have shifted the ways they access the news in everyday life, with mobile devices gaining much significance. This has shifted the roles traditionally played by newspapers, television stations, radio broadcasters and news sites, ultimately relating to their democratic functions and the diminishing effect of their business models. This article will describe and explain displacing vis-à-vis complementary effects among age cohorts. It shows how the recent uptake of mobile devices has influenced news consumption via newspapers and news sites. It investigates three research questions, each focusing age cohorts in relation to single-media use, cross-media use, and nonuse. The article presents a statistical analysis of datasets nationally representative to Sweden and the specific case of evening tabloids. The data used originate from scientific omnibus survey projects conducted annually from 1986 to 2012 at the University of Gothenburg. The findings show that the public generally engage in single-media rather than cross-media news consumption, whereas age cohorts have developed divergent forms of single-media use: (a) the 1930s and 1940s age cohort are primarily single-media users in print, (b) the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s age cohorts are computer-oriented single-media users; and (c) the 1980s and 1990s age cohorts are mainly single-media users via mobile devices, but also cross-media users of mobile devices combined with a computer. As of 2012, the uptake of mobile news and cross-media news consumption reached new records, whereas the single-media use of printed newspapers reached a new low. The integrated theoretical framework proves useful for comprehending such transforming news consumption among age cohorts, and reveals the significance for legacy news media to explore and exploit the opportunities arising from mobile devices and tablets.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914549039
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Using attitude functions, self-efficacy, and norms to predict attitudes
           and intentions to use mobile devices to access social media during
           sporting event attendance
    • Authors: Wang; X.
      Pages: 75 - 90
      Abstract: The recent years have observed an increased use of social media through mobile devices on different occasions. The present investigation examines why sports spectators use social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) while attending sporting events. Based on a cross-sectional survey of 466 participants who generally attended games with friends or family, structural equation modeling analysis revealed that social media use through a mobile device during sporting event attendance served four functions: information-based and game pleasure-based utilitarian functions, an ego-defensive function, and a value-expressive function. The first three functions, descriptive norms, and self-efficacy predicted attitudes toward social media use. When placed within a larger theoretical framework, attitudes, self-efficacy, descriptive norms, and the ego-defensive function predicted intentions to use social media during sporting event attendance. Both theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914548932
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Communicating behind the scenes: A primer on radio frequency
           identification (RFID)
    • Authors: Frith; J.
      Pages: 91 - 105
      Abstract: Mobile media researchers have increasingly focused on smartphones as locative media. However, our field has not devoted as much attention to another mobile technology used to track far more people and things than smartphones: radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags are used to track products and people, and they are an increasingly important part of the infrastructure of the Internet of Things. This article argues that mobile media scholars have much to contribute to scholarly analyses of RFID. I make that argument by first giving background on RFID as a mobile technology. I then identify and discuss four areas of research related to RFID tags—Big Data, surveillance, space and place, and nonhuman agency—that are particularly relevant to mobile media scholars.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914554728
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Towards an understanding of intention to use mobile videos: Impression
           management, perceived facilitation, and social norms
    • Authors: Lin, T. T. C; Younbo, J, Sim, C.
      Pages: 106 - 124
      Abstract: Due to prevalent use of phablets and 3G/4G cellular networks, watching mobile videos has become increasingly popular worldwide. This study identifies multilevel psychosocial factors predicting individual intention to use mobile audiovisual services. The national telephone survey obtained a random sample of 503 respondents. The findings show variables of the theory of planned behavior (TPB; i.e., attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control) and social norms are key predictors for mobile video consumption. In the research model, impression management is significantly associated with attitude, subjective norm, and individual social norms while perceived government and operator facilitation are associated with collective social norms. The hierarchical multiple regression analysis reveals that the extended TPB model accounts for 62% variance of intention to use mobile videos.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914555426
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Choosing the right app: An exploratory perspective on heuristic decision
           processes for smartphone app selection
    • Authors: Dogruel, L; Joeckel, S, Bowman, N. D.
      Pages: 125 - 144
      Abstract: Decision-making theories have argued that many daily decisions are the result of heuristic rather than systematic processes. Given the ubiquity of smartphones as mobile communication and computing devices along with the vast smartphone app market, our exploratory study aimed to understand how heuristics guide smartphone app selection. Observing 49 smartphone users from the US and Germany viewing 189 total apps from three predetermined categories, the current study identified five decision-making heuristics used to download a variety of smartphone apps. Of these, four were variants of a "Take the First" (TtF) heuristic that allowed smartphone users to quickly navigate the app market, by passing a good deal of other informational cues in order to download apps that were simply highly rated or ranked. Reliance on heuristic processing is useful in helping navigate the app market, but it also results in smartphone users overlooking potentially important app information.
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914557509
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Book review: Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth (Eds.), Mobile media
           practices, presence and politics: The challenge of being seamlessly mobile
           
    • Authors: Morton; B.
      Pages: 145 - 146
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914550578
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Book review: Manuel Castells, Networks of outrage and hope: Social
           movements in the Internet Age
    • Authors: Park; C. S.
      Pages: 146 - 147
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914550578a
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
  • Book review: danah boyd, It's complicated: The social lives of networked
           teens
    • Authors: Vickery; J. R.
      Pages: 147 - 148
      PubDate: 2014-12-29T23:11:34-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914550578b
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2014)
       
 
 
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