ABSTRACT

As an example of convergence, the mobile phone—especially in the form of smartphone—is now ushering in new promises of seamlessness between engagement with technology and everyday common experiences. This seamlessness is not only about how one transitions between the worlds of the device and the physical environment but it also captures the transition and convergences between devices as well (i.e. laptop to smartphone, smartphone to tablet).

This volume argues, however, that these transitions are far from seamless. We see divisions between online and offline, virtual and actual, here and there, taking on different cartographies, emergent forms of seams. It is these seams that this volume acknowledges, challenges and explores—socially, culturally, technologically and historically—as we move to a deeper understanding of the role and impact of mobile communication’s saturation throughout the world.

chapter 1|12 pages

Between the Seams: Mobile Media Practice, Presence and Politics

ByKATHLEEN M. CUMISKEY, LARISSA HJORTH

part |2 pages

SECTION I The Digital Divide Reimagined: Seams of Adherence, Access and Equality

chapter 2|15 pages

Conceptualizing Social Media and Mobile Technologies in Risk and Crisis Communication Practices

ByMICHAEL J. PALENCHAR, KAREN FREBERG

chapter 6|16 pages

In a World with Mobile Data, Survey Questions About Internet Use Should No Longer Implicitly Favor PCs

ByJONATHAN DONNER, CECILE BEZUIDENHOUDT

part |2 pages

SECTION III Mobile Media: Reading Between the Seams of Expression & Sharing

chapter 11|11 pages

MobileTV @ the Crossroads? Broadcasting vs. IP-based Services in Germany and Austria

ByVERONIKA KARNOWSKI, CLAUDIA RIESMEYER

chapter 12|18 pages

Mobile News Life of the Young

ByOSCAR WESTLUND, JAKOB BJUR

chapter 13|16 pages

From SMS to SNS: The Use of the Internet on the Mobile Phone Among Young Danes

ByTROELS F. BERTEL, GITTE STALD