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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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"Why do we feel insulted or exasperated when our friends and family don't answer their mobile phones? If the Internet has allowed us to broaden our social world into a virtual friend-net, the mobile phone is an instrument of a more intimate social sphere. The mobile phone provides a taken-for-granted link to the people to whom we are closest; when we are without it, social and domestic disarray may result. In just a  Read more...
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Ling, Richard Seyler.
Taken for grantedness.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012009355
(OCoLC)785721728
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Seyler Ling
ISBN: 9780262304344 9780262305266 0262305267 0262304341 9780262306188 0262306182
OCLC Number: 819325469
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 241 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. The forgotten mobile phone --
2. DeWitt Clinton's "Grand Salute" versus technologies of social mediation --
3. "My idea of heaven is a daily routine": coordination and the development of mechanical timekeeping --
4. "Four-wheeled bigs with detachable brains": the constraining freedom of the automobile --
5. "If I didn't have a mobile phone then I would be stuck": the diffusion of mobile communication --
6. "We are either abused or spoiled by it - it is difficult to say": constructing legitimacy for the mobile phone --
7. Mobile communication and its readjustment of the social ecology --
8. "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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"Why do we feel insulted or exasperated when our friends and family don't answer their mobile phones? If the Internet has allowed us to broaden our social world into a virtual friend-net, the mobile phone is an instrument of a more intimate social sphere. The mobile phone provides a taken-for-granted link to the people to whom we are closest; when we are without it, social and domestic disarray may result. In just a few years, the mobile phone has become central to the functioning of society. 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. Ling, drawing on research, interviews, and quantitative material, shows how the mobile phone (and the clock and the automobile before it) can be regarded as a social mediation technology, with a critical mass of users, a supporting ideology, changes in the social ecology, and a web of mutual expectations regarding use. By examining the similarities and synergies among these three technologies, 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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