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Taken for grantedness : the embedding of mobile communication into society

Author: Richard Seyler Ling
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
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In this book, Rich Ling explores the process by which the mobile phone has become embedded in society, comparing it to earlier technologies that changed the character of our social interaction and, along the way, became taken for granted. By examining the similarities and synergies between the mobile phone and the clock and the automobile, Ling sheds a more general light on how technical systems become embedded in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Seyler Ling
ISBN: 9780262018135 0262018136
OCLC Number: 785721728
Description: xi, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The forgotten mobile phone --
DeWitt Clinton's "grand salute" versus technologies of social mediation --
"My idea of heaven is a daily routine" : coordination and the development of mechanical timekeeping --
"Four-wheeled bugs with detachable brains" : the constraining freedom of the automobile --
"If I didn't have a mobile phone then I would be stuck" : the diffusion of mobile communication --
"We are either abused or spoiled by it--it is difficult to say" : constructing legitimacy for the mobile phone --
Mobile communication and its readjustment of the social ecology --
"It is not your desire that decides" : the reciprocal expectations of mobile telephony --
Digital Gemeinschaft in the era of cars, clocks, and mobile phones.
Responsibility: Rich Ling.

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In this book, Rich Ling explores the process by which the mobile phone has become embedded in society, comparing it to earlier technologies that changed the character of our social interaction and, along the way, became taken for granted. By examining the similarities and synergies between the mobile phone and the clock and the automobile, Ling sheds a more general light on how technical systems become embedded in society and how they support social interaction within the closest sphere of friends and family.

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"While mobile communication may have entered the realm of the mundane, Rich Ling's story about how it got there is anything but. This book makes an important and timely contribution to the way we Read more...

 
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