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Mobile Media & Communication    [7 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [718 journals]
  • Texting, tweeting, and talking: Effects of smartphone use on engagement in
           civic discourse in China
    • Authors: Wei; R.
      Pages: 3 - 19
      Abstract: Media use and talking with others have been found to have positive effects on citizens’ civic participation according to Wyatt, Katz, and Kim (2000). Recent research links informational uses of the mobile phone to increased involvement in civic and political life. Building on this line of research, this study explores the effect of smartphone use on civil discourse engagement in China, with its nearly 900 million mobile phone users. Results reveal the smartphone’s role as an outlet of public information, which fosters political talk with others, but also suggest use of government-controlled traditional media stifles open civic discourse. Hierarchical regression analyses show that talking politics in private, extensive use of the smartphone, and mobile tweeting were positive predictors of engagement in online civic discourse.
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913500668|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/3
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • Predictors of mobile sexting among teens: Toward a new explanatory
    • Authors: Campbell, S. W; Park, Y. J.
      Pages: 20 - 39
      Abstract: This study posits a framework for conceptualizing the practice of adolescent sexting in order to help explain this behavior and inform decisions about whether and how to address it. Select theoretical propositions about the role of mobile communication in the "social emancipation" of youth were explicated and tested using a national survey of teens in the US. Drawing from this perspective, we hypothesized that sexting would be associated with levels of peer and family mobile connectivity, although in opposite ways, as well as parental control over the technology. As hypothesized, involvement in sexting was positively predicted by connectedness to peers through mobile communication and negatively predicted by connectedness to family. Although sexting was less likely with mobile connectedness to family, heavy-handed parental control over the technology was not a predictor. The discussion offers theoretical and practical implications of these and other findings, along with directions for future research.
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913502645|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/20
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • New visualities and the digital wayfarer: Reconceptualizing camera phone
           photography and locative media
    • Authors: Hjorth, L; Pink, S.
      Pages: 40 - 57
      Abstract: In this article, we examine how second-generation locative media and emerging contemporary camera phone practices are becoming entangled to create new visualities and socialities of place and place making. With location-based services (LBS) smartphone apps like Instagram geotagging is increasingly the default, rather than choice. This has transformed both how we experience and conceptualize co-present relationships across micro and macro realms and how we chart these relationships and environments as we move through the everyday world. Through a preliminary study of 10 users of smartphones in urban Australia we explore their daily routines and how camera phone and LBS practices become part of those everyday repetitions. In 2013, Australia mobile Internet subscriptions have now reached 22.1 million: basically one subscription for every person in the country. To understand these new everyday visualities we develop the notion of the "digital wayfarer" as a way to think about the perpetually moving mobile media user. Expanding upon Tim Ingold’s notion of the wayfaring type of mobility that is both routine and repetitive (i.e., "transport") in the realm of the digital interwoven within the everyday, we reflect upon the digital wayfarer as they move through taking and sharing pictures and their tagged geographic and temporal contexts as part of broader emplaced and interwoven visualities and socialities.
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913505257|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/40
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • A tethered generation: Exploring the role of mobile phones in the daily
           life of young people
    • Authors: Mihailidis; P.
      Pages: 58 - 72
      Abstract: The increasing global ubiquity of mobile phones has called into question their efficacy as dynamic tools for engagement and participation in daily life. While there is little argument in their growth as primary communication tools, scholars have actively debated their role as conduits for dynamic and diverse, information flow. This study explores how an international cohort of university students uses mobile phones for daily communication and information needs. In spring 2012, 793 students from 8 universities on 3 continents participated in a 24-hour mobile tracking exercise and reflection to answer the questions: How are college students using mobile phones for daily communication and information needs? and, how do college students perceive of the role of mobile phones for communication and information needs in their daily lives? The findings point to a population tethered to their mobile devices primarily through social networking apps, to the extent that they find it increasingly difficult to distinguish relationships that exist in their pockets from those that exist in their physical surroundings. While the participants acknowledged the diverse and participatory capacity of mobile devices, their dependence on the phone for connecting to peers left them skeptical of the phone’s efficacy for productive connectivity, vibrant communication, and diverse information consumption in daily life. The study concludes with suggestions for more inclusive and active engagement in the dynamic potential of phones that are not necessitated by a response to large-scale political or civil injustices.
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913505558|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/58
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • Migrant mothering and mobile phones: Negotiations of transnational
    • Authors: Chib, A; Malik, S, Aricat, R. G, Kadir, S. Z.
      Pages: 73 - 93
      Abstract: Transnational mothers working in foreign countries face the challenges of providing "intensive" mothering to their children from a distance, and risk being subject to the "deviancy" discourse of mothering. This paper investigates the role of mobile phone usage, via voice, text messages, and social networking sites, in dealing with the tensions and ambivalence arising from transnational mothering as a dialectical process. We surveyed 42 Filipina and Indonesian foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods. FDWs addressed tensions arising out of societal expectations of motherhood and their own anxieties about children’s well-being. The reluctant obsessive struggled to maintain a balance between an intensive nurturing style and a deviant mode of mothering that respected the growing independence of the children. The diverted professional had to balance the financial empowerment of being the primary breadwinner with the risk of surrogate motherhood for the employer’s children subsuming the care provided to her own. The remote-control parent shared mothering responsibilities with caregivers, usually relatives, who acted as a contradictory proxy presence for intensive mothering. The incomplete union of stressed marital parenting put further pressure on the romantic and sexual identities of migrant women. Transnational mothers utilized mobile phones actively as a tool to negotiate and redefine identities and relationships that created fissures in their sense of self. These included the management of third-party relationships, withholding of emotions or information, and engaging in counterintuitive phenomenon such as restricting, or actively dis-engaging from, mobile phone usage as a communication strategy. The paper calls for future research into the multiple, and interacting, social identities assumed and managed by transnational mothers, and the complex role played by mobile phones in the constant process of negotiation by agentic, self-relective and multifaceted women.
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913506007|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/73
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • Mobile social gambling: Poker's next frontier
    • Authors: Albarran Torres, C; Goggin, G.
      Pages: 94 - 109
      Abstract: In this paper, we provide a history, analysis, and theorization of the emergence of mobile social gambling—a new form of media and cultural practice that fuses "social gambling" and "social gaming," with the affordances of mobile platforms and social networking sites. Through the use of apps in mobile devices, the consumption of risk is experiencing a shift from space-bound betting to itinerant practices that open new spaces for leisure and socialization. Focusing on a case study of the mobile app Zynga Poker, this paper attempts to identify and describe these "leakages" in the "magic circle" of gambling, which bring together social gaming and longstanding gambling cultures and practices. Our argument is that mobile gambling on smartphones and tablets extends earlier cultural practices associated with gambling activities such as poker, and much deeper into the realm of the everyday. The expansion of gambling practices into the realm of the everyday, however, poses manifold ethical, cultural, and political implications: the availability of gambling products to minors and other vulnerable populations; increased normalization of wagering as entertainment; and the merging of gambling and mobile gaming industries and markets. Digital gambling is a pressing area for future study in mobile media and communication.
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913506423|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/94
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • Book review: Paulo Gerbaudo, Tweets and the streets: Social media and
           contemporary activism
    • Authors: Teruelle; R.
      Pages: 110 - 111
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913503743|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/110
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • Book review: Melissa Gregg, Work's intimacy
    • Authors: San Pascual; M. R. S.
      Pages: 111 - 112
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913503743a|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/111
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
  • Book review: Rowan Wilken and Gerard Goggin (Eds.), Mobile technology and
    • Authors: Leistert; O.
      Pages: 112 - 113
      PubDate: 2013-12-24T03:37:51-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913503743b|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/1/112
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2013)
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