chapter  12
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iPersonal: A Case Study of the Politics of the Personal


The evolution of the mobile phone from communication device to an expressive multimedia tool has resulted in some dramatic transformations in how we experience and conceptualize the politics of labor, creativity and place. From camera phones to geomedia such as Foursquare (a location-based social networking software game made for the mobile phone), mobile media provide a variety of tools for the everyday user-so much so that mobile media has often been evidenced in “people power” revolutions through what Howard Rheingold calls “smart mobs.”1 While such locations as Tokyo and Seoul have long been home to the convergence of mobile and social media,2 more recently this media marriage has become more pronounced in the all-pervasive rise of smartphones.