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Journal Cover Mobile Media & Communication
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     ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [738 journals]
  • The mobile phone in street protest: Texting, tweeting, tracking, and
    • Authors: Neumayer, C; Stald, G.
      Pages: 117 - 133
      Abstract: This paper examines the role of information provision through mobile communication in mass street protest. The argument is based on two case studies: (a) the civic outrage of young people concerning the destruction of a youth centre in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006 and (b) the use of mobile phones in antifascist protests in Dresden, Germany in 2011. The cases are analysed across three dimensions that are relevant to mobile communication tactics for providing information in protest: Actors, power relations between the actors, and goals. By identifying the affordances of the mobile phone for providing information across these dimensions, we argue that mobile communication can be appropriated to increase activists’ repertoire of actions, foster resistance, and shut down opportunities. The ways in which the affordances of mobile phones limit and empower resistance are located at the intersection of coordination, mobilisation, and the creation of counter narratives as well as of the surveillance and maintenance of existing power relations.
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913513255|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/117
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Put down that phone and talk to me: Understanding the roles of mobile
           phone norm adherence and similarity in relationships
    • Authors: Hall, J. A; Baym, N. K, Miltner, K. M.
      Pages: 134 - 153
      Abstract: This study uses co-orientation theory to examine the impact of mobile phone use on relational quality across three copresent contexts. It investigates the relationship between perceived similarity, actual similarity, and understanding of mobile phone usage on relationship outcomes, and uses a new measure of mobile relational interference to assess how commitment, satisfaction, and liking are affected by perceptions of relational partners’ mobile phone use. Contrary to popular belief, the results from this study of 69 dyads reveals that, at least within a sample of young Americans, failing to adhere to injunctive (i.e., societal) norms regarding mobile phone usage does not impact relational quality. Rather, results indicate that perceived adherence to participants’ own internal standards—by both the participant, and the participant’s relational partner—and perceived similarity between partners were more influential.
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913517684|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/134
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • There's a religious app for that! A framework for studying religious
           mobile applications
    • Authors: Campbell, H. A; Altenhofen, B, Bellar, W, Cho, K. J.
      Pages: 154 - 172
      Abstract: This article provides a new methodological approach to studying religious-oriented mobile applications available on the iTunes app store. Through an extensive review of 451 religious apps a number of problems were noted when relying solely on iTunes categories to identify app functions and purpose. Thus further analysis was done in order to present a new typology and framing of religious apps, which more accurately describe their design. We suggest that the 11 new categories offered here suggest a critical framework for studying religious apps. Thus this study provides a starting point for scholars interested in analyzing religious mobile applications to investigate how app developers integrate religious goals into their designs, and consider the primary ways people are expected to practice religion through mobile apps.
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914520846|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/154
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Mobile media and political participation: Defining and developing an
           emerging field
    • Authors: Martin; J. A.
      Pages: 173 - 195
      Abstract: Mobile media have become increasingly popular and important in recent years as a means of accessing political information and participating in politics and elections worldwide. However, the emergent field of mobile-focused political participation research requires further definition and development to more clearly address why and how mobile media are producing distinct consequences for political participation. To address this problem, this article uses interdisciplinary insights and a critical review of relevant literature to identify research opportunities that stand to advance mobile political communication theory. Contributions and limitations of studies focused on ICTs and political participation are reviewed and discussed. Analysis of studies focused on the political participation outcomes of mobile media use is synthesized with theory from user-focused mobile communication literature to highlight the unique qualities that distinguish mobile media and the implications of those distinguishing features for studying political participation. Recommendations are made for research directions that would further investigate the association of mobile media’s distinctive features with online and offline forms of political participation. This analysis indicates opportunities for scholars to unpack mobile media’s unique features in ways that potentially redefine political participation, and, accordingly, further the development of research questions and theories that investigate the relationship of mobile media and political participation. It is concluded that research is needed that explains mobile media use in finer detail, accounts for shifting conceptualizations of political participation, and contributes to the development of cross-cultural comparative frameworks.
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914520847|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/173
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Digital orientations: "Ways of the hand" and practical knowing in media
           uses and other manual activities
    • Authors: Moores; S.
      Pages: 196 - 208
      Abstract: This article is concerned with a particular aspect of the relationship between media and mobility. The author draws attention to what he calls the "doubly digital" quality of contemporary media—pointing to the intimate connection between movements through media settings (such as online environments) and movements of the fingers or digits on keyboards, keypads, touch-screens, and so on. His main interest is in mobile, generative ways of the hand that is at home with communication technologies, and in opening up an investigation of media uses as manual activities. In exploring these mobile, generative ways, he also reflects on a range of other manual activities that are apparently unrelated to media use—venturing into the disciplines of philosophy, sociology, and anthropology to discuss phenomenological perspectives on practices of typing, organ and piano playing, and plank sawing. Out of his exploration emerges a focus on embodied, sensuous, practical knowing, and on matters of orientation and habitation (with the author advocating a distinctive nonrepresentational, non-media-centric approach for future studies of media use in everyday life).
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914521091|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/196
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • The fourth screen: Mediatization and the smartphone
    • Authors: Miller; J.
      Pages: 209 - 226
      Abstract: Smartphones have enjoyed nearly unprecedented rates of adoption, and within a short time they have quickly become a uniquely important mobile communication device, especially among young people. While such observations are compelling, they lack a conceptual context. This paper theorizes the smartphone in the general terms of mediatization. Emphasis is on existing and emerging technologies of the mediatization process and the consequent "intercorporeal" relationships users construct with the smartphone. Empirical findings about the often intensely personal usage of the smartphone document this phenomenology. The paper concludes by introducing three provocative implications of new media like the smartphone, which are both indicators and motors of mediatization, as focuses for future study: technogenesis, or the coevolution of people and their information machines; embodied and extended cognition, the intensifying interweaving of mind and thinking machines; and the subjectifying process of individualization, ever more dependent on digital self-creation and self-maintenance.
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157914521412|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/209
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Book review: Cara Wallis, Technomobility in China
    • Authors: Chen; Y.
      Pages: 227 - 228
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913516693|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/227
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Book review: Douglas Rushkoff, Present shock
    • Authors: Comunello; F.
      Pages: 228 - 229
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913516693a|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/228
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
  • Book review: Eugene Loos, Leslie Haddon, and Enid Mante-Meijer (Eds.),
           Generational use of new media
    • Authors: Summary; J. J.
      Pages: 229 - 230
      PubDate: 2014-04-16T03:26:13-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157913516693b|hwp:resource-id:spmmc;2/2/229
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2014)
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