Mobile culture
November 16th, 2005

On November 17,the MIT communications forum looks at cell phone culture.The abstract says,”no contemporary cultural artifact embodies the genius and the disruptive excess of capitalism as clearly as the cell phone.Ubiquitous in most developed societies in Europe, the Americas and Asia,the cell phone has become a laboratory,some would say an asylum,for testing the limits of technological convergence.Less a telephone today than a multi-purpose computer,cell phones are game consoles,still cameras,email systems,text messengers, carriers of entertainment and business data,nodes of commerce.Particular age cohorts and subcultures have begun to appropriate cell phones for idiosyncratic uses that help to define their niche or social identity.Today’s Forum will examine the cell phone as a technological object and as a cultural form whose uses and meaning are increasingly various, an artifact uniquely of our time that is enacting, to borrow the words of a contemporary novelist, ‘a ceaseless spectacle of transition.’

cell phone culture

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