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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  [838 journals]
  • The influence of individual noise sensitivity on mobile phone attitudes
           and behavior
    • Pages: 3 - 18
      Abstract: Research in psychoacoustics and public health reveals that individuals respond differently to noise, with some being more sensitive to noise than others. Given the prevalence of mobile technology and that noise sensitivity appears to be a relatively stable individual difference, it is possible that noise sensitivity may distinguish individual mobile phone use. This study investigates the relationship between noise sensitivity and mobile phone attitudes and behaviors. Study results suggest that noise sensitive bystanders find mobile phone conversations more annoying, that they differ in their assessment of the distraction level of ambient noise when making and receiving calls, are more likely to report mobile phones as distracting, and are more likely to seek privacy from others when receiving a call.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915581435
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Beyond "connected presence": Multimedia mobile instant messaging in close
           relationship management
    • Authors: Cui; D.
      Pages: 19 - 36
      Abstract: Despite its worldwide popularity, mobile instant messaging (MIM) as a new mode of interpersonal communication has received scant scholarly attention by far. Drawing upon the notion of "connected presence," this study extends related discussions by exploring the patterns of MIM interaction in the management of close relationships. Focusing on WeChat, the most popular MIM in China, this study presents findings based on interviews with young Chinese as WeChat users. This study finds that WeChat’s wide functionality enabled multimodal communication in varying situations. Four modes of WeChat interaction were identified: General information exchange, experience articulation, technical support, and sympathetic companionship. The study also analyzes how user construction attaches social meaning to certain communicative practices on WeChat.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915583925
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • The future of digital archive collections: Augmenting public service media
           geo-locative archives
    • Authors: Hutchinson; J. P.
      Pages: 37 - 51
      Abstract: During 2011, the now defunct ABC Pool ( project developed an experiment that sought to combine emerging augmented reality (AR) technology with the archival collection of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The MyBurb project attempted to alter experiences of Australian suburbs by augmenting ABC archives in contemporary suburban environments to explore the blur between physical and digital spaces with its citizens. Mobile media, specifically geo-locative AR applications such as Layar are "one of the most widely used mobile AR applications" (Liao & Humphreys, 2014, p. 2) and challenge the sociological implications of hybrid spaces as "[m]obile interfaces ... allow users to be constantly connected to the Internet while walking through urban spaces" (de Souza e Silva, 2006, p. 261). The project was successfully implemented, but was rarely utilized by the audience it sought to engage, revealing a division between aspects of the ABC’s remit and engaging its audience through mobile technology and environmental hybridity. This observation supports the cultural production gap Hesmondhalgh (2007) identified between the production and consumption of cultural goods, which I argue could be facilitated through technological intermediation as part of the broader concept of cultural intermediation (Hutchinson, 2013; Maguire & Matthews, 2010; Negus, 2002). How then could cultural intermediation facilitate the collaborative production of cultural goods to include the affordances of geo-locative media while avoiding the disconnection between the MyBurb project and its stakeholders? The data presented within this paper represents 3 years of research at ABC Pool where I was embedded as the community manager/researcher in residence.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915590008
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • App-centric mobile media and commoditization: Implications for the future
           of the open Web
    • Authors: Daubs, M. S; Manzerolle, V. R.
      Pages: 52 - 68
      Abstract: This paper traces linkages between the commoditization of the Web and what we call "app-centric media." By this we mean a media environment composed of a multitude of discrete-but-connected software applications and their associated protocols, platforms, frameworks, and institutions. The rapid growth of app-centric media, we argue, is directly dependent on the development and commercialization of the (mobile) Internet, as well as on the business models embedded in the development of key native app platforms such as iOS and Android. The emergence of app-centric media, particularly in relation to mobile media, is having a marked effect on conceptualizations of the Web. The prevailing rhetoric concerning the development of the mobile Internet and app-centric media employs imagery of autonomy, empowerment, and independence for both the users and producers of apps. We argue that the commoditization central to the commercial development of the mobile Internet evidences a fusion of neoliberal rhetoric valorizing worker autonomy, individual empowerment, and entrepreneurial independence, with a mode of production consonant with "cognitive capitalism" (Dyer-Witheford, 2014; Vercellone, 2007). Our analysis is divided into three sections. The first looks at the early development of the mobile Internet in relation to the accumulation strategies of cognitive capitalism including the structural importance of "value networks" and the "putting-out system"; the second deals with the commercialization models underpinning the two dominant app platforms, Apple’s iOS and Android; the third addresses the development of HTML as a means of production and describes how HTML5 is framed as a prospectively more "open" competitor to the existing platform duopoly. It concludes by briefly examining the development of the Firefox OS mobile platform—and whether this platform resists or incorporates the forms of commoditization associated with app-centric media generally.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915592657
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Brands and Instagram: Point, tap, swipe, glance
    • Authors: Carah, N; Shaul, M.
      Pages: 69 - 84
      Abstract: Brands are a critical part of the ongoing experimentation that underpins the development of mobile social media platforms like Instagram. Instagram had no dedicated advertising or analytics tools until 2014 so, in the absence of such devices, brands have developed uses of the platform that engage with the productive ability of cultural intermediaries and consumers to create and circulate images of their bodies, everyday lives, and cultural practices. This article examines the Instagram activities of the global vodka brand Smirnoff and the fashion retailer General Pants. Each brand engages with cultural intermediaries and builds themed activations at cultural events to orchestrate the production of images. Following Wissinger’s (2007a) study of fashion models, we conceptualize Instagram as an image machine that captures and calibrates attention. Instagram expands the terrain upon which brands operate by dispersing the work of creating and engaging with images into consumers’ everyday lives. The efforts made by brands to experiment with mobile media demonstrate the need to critically examine how participatory, discursive, and algorithmic modes of control are interrelated.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915598180
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Mobile youth culture: A conceptual development
    • Authors: Vanden Abeele; M. M. P.
      Pages: 85 - 101
      Abstract: The concept of "mobile youth culture" is frequently used in the field of adolescent mobile phone research to refer to the distinctive ways in which youths around the world embed the mobile phone in their everyday lives. Little attention, however, has been devoted to its theoretical foundations. Drawing from youth culture theory and new (mobile) media theories, this article conceptually develops mobile youth culture by (a) describing the commonalities in adolescent mobile phone use that constitute the culture, and by (b) discussing the origins of these commonalities through an analysis of the network, the social and personal logics inherent in mobile communication technology, and the way these are appropriated by youths to accommodate their transition to adulthood. The article concludes by pointing out the shortcomings of the concept: The limited attention for the heterogeneity in adolescent media use, the integration of mobile media technologies into young people’s media repertoires, the cross-generational implications of mobile media use, and the impact of local context and culture.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915601455
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Text to sex: The impact of cell phones on hooking up and sexuality on
    • Authors: Goluboff; S. L.
      Pages: 102 - 120
      Abstract: By centering attention on how students feel after casual sex, studies of the college social scene miss an extremely important phenomenon—namely, how hookups get started. This article argues that it is in the negotiation of contact during hookups that college students creatively navigate their sexual identity. Using a mixed methodology, this research reveals that the cell phone, as both an object of communication and consumption, is essential to the formation of self, and, as such, it provides the means by which men and women can play with gender boundaries. And yet, the male dominated fraternity system at college restricts the ability of women to realize full agency within the hookup scene.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915603759
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Managing uncertainty in mobile dating applications: Goals, concerns of
           use, and information seeking in Grindr
    • Authors: Corriero, E. F; Tong, S. T.
      Pages: 121 - 141
      Abstract: The current research used uncertainty management theory (UMT) as a framework to examine individuals’ experience of uncertainty within the context of Grindr, an all-male, location-based mobile dating application. In two studies, we first investigated the particular concerns associated with Grindr use. Results indicated that the unique affordances of Grindr generated six categories of user concerns associated with use of the mobile application. The second study confirmed that a specific set of user goals and concerns predicted daters’ desire for uncertainty, which in turn predicted information-seeking behavior. Findings clearly indicate that Grindr users’ responses to uncertainty were not limited to simple reduction strategies, but were dependent upon their desire for and tolerance of uncertainty in relation to their goals and concerns of application use. The current results also help to establish UMT’s predictive power and explanatory utility within the realm of interpersonal communication.
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915614872
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Book review: Svitlana Matviyenko and Paul D. Miller (Eds.), The imaginary
    • Authors: Evans; S.
      Pages: 142 - 143
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915613250
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
  • Book review: Jordan Frith, Smartphones as locative media
    • Authors: Oppegaard; B.
      Pages: 143 - 144
      PubDate: 2015-12-09T02:42:46-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157915613250a
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2015)
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