Posted: 03 Sep 2010 11:47 AM PDT
Here's a newly invented word within media studies/media anthropology - polymedia: "photo and video sharing and social networking sites all readily available. New forms such as video messaging are on the horizon. We suggest that in such a situation the primary concern shifts from an emphasis on the constraints and affordances vis a vis a particular medium to an emphasis upon the social and emotional consequences of choosing between a plurality of media. The mere situation of polymedia changes the relationship between communication technology and society."
Catchy word, but does it help? My concern is that it presumes that 'polymediated' contact is a new state of being, when I'd say that it's our standard method of communicating (albeit somewhat dressed up in favor of power-users). I get it, our media worlds are multiplying exponentially. But polymedia today, hypermedia tomorrow? Media anthros, what do you think?
Posted: 03 Sep 2010 11:39 AM PDT
A collection of research papers on mobile phone studies in Latin America. View and contribute.
Posted: 03 Sep 2010 11:37 AM PDT
Anthropologists presenting their research on mobile phones (or that addressed the subject in a wider context) were concentrated in two workshops: Media Anthropology and Digital Anthropology. The first one was coordinated by John Postill (Sheffield Hallam University) and Philipp Budka (University of Vienna). The second by Daniel Miller (University College, London) and Heather Horst (University of California, Irvine). Here you can see a list of those papers, authors and abstract. They will most likely translate into journals articles in the future.
Today's round-up includes mobile phones, the invention of the term "polymedia", rethinking the perhaps inadequately named "Internet of Things", dystopian digital futures, and technology as a perpetually frightening prospect.