What Mobility? I’m still here.


Volker’s main idea is that mobile have the ability to “digitally created media spaces potentially permanently intertwine with physical spaces” I found this concept to be very similar to the idea of the doubling of place in Moore’s article a few weeks back. Volker uses the social web applications of Semapedia and Socialight to illustrate his idea how dramatically mobile phone have infiltrated real space, with a virtual space. I wish I could share this idea with the use of my mobile phone, but mobility for me is very constricted to mainly receiving calls and sms texts, as I rarely have any credit on my phone. As a result mobility for me is very restricted, as I am very indifferent about the experience of a separate virtual space created by mobile devices while on the move. That’s not to say I don’t experience this virtual space at all, I am addicted to the internet while I am at home, I think therefore prefer to experience a single space, one at a time. In the first reading space is said to be ‘actualised and modified through mobility.’ Even though I do not carry around a mobile phone that create this separate space,  I feel that same ‘mobility’ can be achieved with the simple drag and click action with the mouse at home over the World Wide Web. With the click of a few links and stuff you can access anything, pictures/videos of anything around the world, instantly. Volker suggests the same idea but except the internet, on the go, on a mobile device.

Ito’s article is a analysis on mobile phone use of Japanese youth and it’s social significance from personal to public space. I found his findings interesting on how a mobile phone plays a major part in the teens life from a peer to peer perspective. As previously mentioned, my use of the mobile phone is rather limited, and since my day to day interaction with my peers are mainly face to face, over at each other home, at the university, I don’t depend on my mobile as much as Japanese Youth. Here Ito findings shows the mobile phone has it’s own set rules, etiquettes, comfort zones and expectations of how it should be used. It is especially interesting to see the role it place technological advanced world of Japan. Having spent my time in Japan for several week last year, Ito article on the expectation of the way of the mobile in urban space was quite relatable. Having rented a mobile phone to contact my companion during the trip, I learnt first hand of mobile etiquette having got told by another passenger to not use the phone whilst on a packed train (perhaps I was just speaking a little to loudly). Regardless, I’ve noticed mobile phone use on Japanese transport seems to consist of everything but a phone’s primary function of calling.  I’ve seen people on their emails, surfing the web, playing games, to even watching TV (with their earphone’s on of course). Here the mobile phones becomes that device of integrating the virtual world with the physical world.


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