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Pocket technospaces: The bodily incorporation of mobile media

Richardson, I. (2007) Pocket technospaces: The bodily incorporation of mobile media. Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture, 21 (2). pp. 205-215.

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Handheld media and communications technologies are becoming increasingly composite interfaces, combining the functionality of standard telephony, text-based interaction, e-mails and Internet browsing, digital video cameras, PDAs, MP3 players, and game consoles. As devices such as these penetrate and transform everyday cultural practices and spaces, they are effectively transforming the relation between body and world, ready-to-hand and telepresent interaction, and actual and virtual environments. This article focuses on the spatial, perceptual and ontic effects of mobile devices as nascent new media forms, with particular attention paid to the use of games and media content in devices which include telephony as part of their functionality. I will examine both how mobiles are used as phone 13game hybrids, and how they also work not simply as communicative conduits but also as 18handy 19 or pocket containers of data, media content, photo archives and secure microworlds. To date there has been limited attention paid to the corporeality of mobile phones as itinerant game and/or media devices, or to the phenomenological impact of physical mobility on game play and new media consumption/deployment, and the particular sense of transmediatic space and perceptual dispersion that they generate. With these issues in mind, I will consider the impact of recent mobile phone technologies, and share some of the insights afforded by a small ethno-phenomenology of mobile phone and media use in urban Western Australia that is currently in progress.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: 2007 Taylor & Francis
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