What is it about?

Mobile devices like smartphones are transforming the nature of consumption experiences, from languid or legato forms to isochronal and staccato forms. Using three historical episodes of technology and mobility – the transistor radio, the walkman-style cassette device, and the MP3 player – we uncover the patterns that enhanced levels of mobility bring to the media consumption experience. In particular, temporal framings are offered as correctives to spatially-biased theories of mobile media.

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Why is it important?

The leadership and guidance of Johanna Moisander (Aalto University, Finland) played a key role in the development and progress of this paper. The authors, since the publication of this, have found many new inspiring avenues to explore the intersections of mobility, virtuality, and sociality.


Explorations of mobile media continue, especially at the work happening under the direction of Dr. Ruby Roy Dholakia at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and in the network of URI doctoral alumnus Syagnik 'Sy' Banerjee at the University of Michigan - Flint. My involvement in some exciting mobile media projects also continues.

Dr Nikhilesh Dholakia
University of Rhode Island

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This page is a summary of: Mobile media: from legato to staccato, isochronal consumptionscapes, Consumption Markets & Culture, April 2014, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2014.899216.
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