Evolving geographies of mobile communication

Authored by: Ragan Glover-Rijkse , Adriana de Souza e Silva

Routledge Handbook of Media Geographies

Print publication date:  October  2021
Online publication date:  October  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367482855
eBook ISBN: 9781003039068
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003039068-12

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Abstract

Mobile communication has long played a part within popular culture with people fascinated by the ability to communicate anytime, anywhere. As early as 1946, the comic character Dick Tracy used a “watch phone” to call others. And, in 1966, the television show Star Trek featured the “Star Trek” communicator, a handheld phone-like device said to have inspired the design of the first mobile (cellular) phone. Yet, the first mobile phone was not introduced until 1973, and mobile phones did not become a part of many people’s everyday communications until the turn of the 21st century. During the past 70 years, what it means to engage in mobile communication has changed significantly, shaping how we relate to one another and the spaces around us.

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