Mobile media artifacts

Genealogies, haptic visualities, and speculative gestures

Authored by: Lee Humphreys , Larissa Hjorth

Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138672093
eBook ISBN: 9781315616551
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616551-4

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Abstract

Much has been written about the practices and political economy of mobile media. From the ethnographic analysis of cultural practice (Horst & Miller, 2006) to the industry political economy (Donner, 2008), studies on mobile media have grown over the past decade into its own scholarly field globally. And yet in this burgeoning field, the role of mobile media as artifacts that are part of broader symbolic and material conditions encompassing materiality and infrastructures has received less attention. In this chapter, we draw on various interdisciplinary studies of mobile media from game studies, mobile communication, and digital media to consider how we can contextualize the various ways in mobile media as artifacts plays out – in the past, present, and speculative futures. Through these three rubrics we seek to explore ways in which mobile media as artifacts have shaped, and been shaped by, their material and infrastructural characteristics.

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