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   ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
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  • The hierarchy of mobile phone incorporation among older users
    • Authors: Nimrod; G.
      Pages: 149 - 168
      Abstract: Older people use mobile telephones extensively, yet little is known about the relevant domestication processes. Employing usage variety as an indicator, this study explores levels of mobile phone incorporation among older users, based on an online cross-European survey of 1,039 individuals aged 60 and up. Results displayed a four-level pyramid structure of mobile phone incorporation with voice calling at its base, proceeding through basic functions and Internet-based functions to media player at its apex. The two upper levels were negatively associated with reported "old" media use (e.g., television, radio) and positively correlated with use of more advanced technology-based media. Younger age, higher education and income, work force participation, and residence in Italy or Israel predicted higher levels of mobile phone incorporation. The findings suggested that the incorporation phase of mobile phone domestication by older Internet users comprises various subphases and that level of incorporation depends on one’s personal and cultural background. Furthermore, results demonstrated that mobile phones replace old media to some extent and complement the use of other new media.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915617336
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Mobile art: Rethinking intersections between art, user created content
           (UCC), and the quotidian
    • Authors: Hjorth; L.
      Pages: 169 - 185
      Abstract: In many countries across the world, mobile media has become an embedded part of everyday life. And yet, despite the influence of mobile media in and around art, the notion of "mobile art" or "mobile media art" remains relatively undertheorized and discussed. So what constitutes mobile art? Is it defined by a mobile interface in the process or delivery of the artwork? Or is it defined by a relationship to mobile content or context? Located in and around the field of mobile communication, mobile art has often been sublimated with locative, hybrid, mixed reality, or media arts. This paper argues for an understanding of mobile art as a broader field of creative practice than just locative media practice or media arts. Rather than survey all the examples of mobile art on offer today, this paper will structure mobile art into key three thematic rubrics: intimate copresence, emplaced visuality, ambient play.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915619210
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Unintended consequences of a strategically ambiguous organizational policy
           selectively restricting mobile device use at work
    • Authors: Stephens, K. K; Ford, J. L.
      Pages: 186 - 204
      Abstract: Mobile devices have permeated organizations creating diverse communication opportunities and new organizational challenges. This case study examines one of those challenges: creating a strategically ambiguous mobile device use policy to combat misuse in an organization. We use focus group data collection and a subsequent constant comparative analysis to examine a U.S. company with an organizational policy selectively restricting mobile device access for nonmanagerial workers. The findings and resulting theoretical model reflect the tension employees face when interpreting a restrictive mobile device use policy within the context of mobile use as "taken for granted." This tension is manifest through four unintended consequences of the strategically ambiguous policy: (a) declining productivity, (b) supervisors burdened by overwhelming tasks, (c) decreased professional mobility, and (d) fleeting organizational identification. This research offers an organizational contribution to the current work on mobiles and it provides insight into how nonmanagerial workers interpret and act when a mobile use policy is strategically ambiguous.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915619211
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Situated empowerment: Mobile phones practices among market women in
    • Authors: Svensson, J; Wamala Larsson, C.
      Pages: 205 - 220
      Abstract: In this article we depart from studies on empowerment and its intersections with the informal economy and market women in the Global South and promises of the mobile phone in so-called developing regions. Conducting an explorative study among market women in Kampala, the aim is to examine what roles (if any) the mobile phone plays for them in terms of empowerment. Our findings resonate with studies from other parts of the world, suggesting that while pivotal for their business endeavors, mobile phone practices are also embedded in patriarchal structures. By discussing how these market women navigate the tensions between using the phone for their business and in relations to their partners, the article contributes a more nuanced and context-specific understanding of mobile phone practices and the empowerment of market women. We conclude the article by suggesting a situated approach to the study of empowerment.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915619212
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Working through paradoxes: Transnational migrants urban learning tactics
           using locative technology
    • Authors: Kim, H; Lingel, J.
      Pages: 221 - 236
      Abstract: This study examines the ways in which transnational city newcomers interact with locative technology to build knowledge about their urban surroundings. We conducted semistructured interviews with 25 transnational migrants recently relocated to the greater New York City area, investigating their day-to-day smartphone use, navigation tactics, and uses of location-based services. Our analysis reflects on three themes: tensions surrounding different navigation strategies (searching vs. browsing); social monitoring practices (awareness vs. surveillance); and perceptions of online information sources (credibility/trust vs. distrust). Together, these themes highlight the contradictory outcomes of technology use both facilitating and hindering the processes of urban learning. We conclude with a discussion of paradoxical outcomes of technological use as a means of unpacking the sociotechnical tensions that emerge from locative technology use among transnational migrants in new urban environments.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915619650
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Tactile digital ethnography: Researching mobile media through the hand
    • Authors: Pink, S; Sinanan, J, Hjorth, L, Horst, H.
      Pages: 237 - 251
      Abstract: In this article we focus on the relationship between vision and the hand to develop an understanding of the experience of mobile media use which in turn informs a methodology for researching it; a tactile digital ethnography. Theories of knowing through the hand, and uses of the hand in documentary practice already highlight its significance. We bring these together with our video ethnographies of mobile media use, to show how a focus on the hand offers both new insights into other people’s digital worlds, and an approach to learning about these.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915619958
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • The convergence of mobile and social media: Affordances and constraints of
           mobile networked communication for health workers in low- and
           middle-income countries
    • Authors: Pimmer, C; Tulenko, K.
      Pages: 252 - 269
      Abstract: The increasing convergence of mobile and social media is highly transformational because it is shifting the dominant form of digital communication from bilateral towards mobile and networked communication among distributed interactants. This paper explores the affordances and constraints of this dynamics for global health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In these settings, research and practice have focused on one- or two-way communication designs and on approaches that position health workers as passive actors. To extend current views, three domains of mobile social media usage are theorized: (a) sociocognitive learning; (b) Sociocultural professional participation; and (c) Concertive peer and multistakeholder control. The theoretical discussion is illustrated with empirical examples from a nonsystematic literature review to account for the wide and interdisciplinary problem space. In the second part of this analysis, suggestions are discussed regarding how to anchor and facilitate mobile social media spaces within existing institutional structures. Finally, this paper argues that leveraging the affordances of mobile social-media-based communication requires the consideration of several constraints and challenges, including the economics of participation, privacy and surveillance, regulation and information quality, equal sociocultural participation, and technical competencies and professionalism.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915622657
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • From garamut to mobile phone: Communication change in rural Papua New
    • Authors: Watson, A. H. A; Duffield, L. R.
      Pages: 270 - 287
      Abstract: This article presents the attitudinal response of rural villagers in Papua New Guinea to mobile telephony, based on a threshold study made during the early stages of its adoption. The research indicates that the introduction of mobile telecommunications has generally been viewed positively, with mobile phones affording social interaction with loved ones. Nonetheless, negative concerns have been strongly felt, notably financial costs and anxiety about mobile phones aiding in the coordination of extramarital liaisons and criminal activities. The communities investigated previously had scant access to modern communication technologies, some still using traditional means such as wooden slit drums, known locally as garamuts. The expansion of mobile network coverage has introduced into communal village life the capability to communicate dyadically and privately at a distance. Investigation into the adoption of mobile phones thus promotes understanding about traditional means of communication and notions of public and private interactions.
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915622658
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review: Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen, and Michael Petit (Eds.),
           Networked affect
    • Authors: Baulch; E.
      Pages: 288 - 289
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916633942
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review: Zizi Papacharissi, Affective publics: Sentiment, technology,
           and politics
    • Authors: Ferris; A. L.
      Pages: 289 - 290
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916633942a
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review: Jill Walker Rettberg, Seeing ourselves through technology:
    • Authors: Abidin; C.
      Pages: 290 - 292
      PubDate: 2016-04-27T03:53:19-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916633942b
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)
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