Me and My Cell Phone


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Cell phones and the Internet have been the recipients of in-depth research on their increased and rapid integration into everyday life and the innovative appropriations associated with them in many societies. The cell phone has attracted particular attention in its perceived abilities to both enhance and destruct social relationships. Our increased access to social media and to the cell phone has taken social networking to an unprecedented level. These communication technologies are revered by many as great, all-purpose, all-positive communication devices in spite of their flaws. They are overwhelmingly bestowed with agency and superiority. Too often, they are idolized with little regard to how they affect and are affected by their users on a personal level. The mutual shaping between technology and society is not adequately acknowledged. Technologies, in spite of the seemingly endless possibilities offered by their many functions, can quite literally be sterile and useless objects outside of conscious and tangible human effort. Cell phones and the Internet, though undoubtedly capable of providing myriad beneficial opportunities for their users, need at long last to be put in their place. This book is a contribution in that regard. Kindled by her own intimate history with her cell phone and a growing curiosity about ICTs in general, this book is a culmination of Crystal Powell�s thoughts, reactions to and interpretations of some of the literature on these technologies. The book draws on and critically reviews contributions by some leading authors on the social shaping of ICTs and social media to offer a more nuanced and complex understanding of technology in relation to those who use and are used by it.



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Date de parution 24 avril 2012
Nombre de visites sur la page 1
EAN13 9789956792191
Langue English

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Publisher: Langaa RPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon
Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956-727-14-8
© Crystal Powell 2012
DISCLAIMER All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
To my family, friends and supervisor for encouraging me to write
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Me and My Cell Phone Chapter 3: Are Mobile Phones the New Talking Drums of Everyday Africa? Chapter 4: ICTs and the Making and Breaking of Everyday Relations Chapter 5: Telephones, Cell Phones and Vulnerability in a Woman’s World Chapter 6: Drinks, Bottle Caps and Mobile Phones Chapter 7: Social Media as a Tool for Activism Chapter 8: The Internet and the Cell Phone Chapter 9: Facebook Is What You Make It Chapter 10: ICTs, Strategy and Coping in the Western Cape Chapter 11: Baby Steps into Langa Township: Running in Langa Bibliography and References