Mobility

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I accidentally did convergence last week, so I am going to blog on Mobility this week. The first article was by Clair Volker; it was informative but a little boring. The main point of her article mimics Shaun Moores, doubling of place. Volker talks about how digital technology is blurring the line between physical and virtual space. She talks about two programs Semapedia and Sociallight, which I have never heard of but I find to be the same as Wikipedia and Facebook. Wikipedia is an example of the Informational Space. Anyone on the world wide web can add to Wikipedia, they can meet, post, and gather information from this website. Websites such as this makes areas such as libraries, and bookstores seem silly. In our University Library I can log on and find also any book I need online. The Internet allows people to gather information on the move in the most unlikely of places. I can be sitting in class and looking up how to make chicken noodle soup. Facebook provides a social space. I am in Sydney however my home is in the USA; facebook allows me to remain in contact with friends and family from home. My girlfriends and I have an ongoing facebook thread, which is updated daily by people. This tread creates a shared social space even as we are all littered throughout the world. Increased mobility in this age has allowed for faster and easier communication, distance is not as relevant as it used to be.
The second article was more fun to read. It is more of a research article in which the author studies Japanese students and their use of their cellular telephones. The article is about Japanese students but can be seen in all different cultures. The author talks about the change in social contract among teenagers. I can relate going up in a time where cell phones were just becoming more popular. I remember getting my first cell phone in 9th grade and imagining all the freedom that I was about to have. I could now talk on the phone to whomever I wanted (boys) without my parent’s eves dropping on the line, or worse my two brothers. I could send text messages at the wee hours of the night without worrying about disturbing my parents or the parents of the person I was talking to. Towards the end of the article the author talks about the urbanization of cell phone and how people use them in public but act as if it is a private call. I believe that there are unwritten rules about public cell phone use. You should always turn your phone on silent or vibrate at movies, in class, or in quiet areas such as libraries. I also believe that if you choose to talk on the phone in front of strangers you should only allow your voice to be as loud as it would be if you were talking to someone next to you. The rules of cell phone use have yet to be written down, it out of sheer respect that we monitor our public cell phone use. However, in the USA in some states there is one enforced rules about cellular phones and that is you may not use them while driving. I agree with this rule, it is dangerous and distracting. Also, many individuals text while driving which takes your eyes off the road for far, far too long.

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