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Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Locational Privacy, Control, and Urban Sociability (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies)

Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Locational Privacy, Control, and Urban Sociability (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies) [Kindle Edition]

Adriana de Souza e Silva , Jordan Frith

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"Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces presents an insightful analysis of how mobility affects behavior in public settings, and how public settings affect communication behavior. The authors cast their net broadly, encompassing a range of significant issues including voice and sound, privacy and publicity, and norms and policies." James E. Katz, Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies, Rutgers University

'An incredibly clear and useful guide to how mobile technologies are re-shaping our connections to locations and to other people. In considering devices that range from the paperback book to the portable music player to the smartphone as different kinds of "interfaces" with public space, the authors offer great insight into how we filter, control, and manage our relations with spaces and social situations that blur the boundaries between private and public. This is a much-needed contribution to the literature on the new location-based technologies that will become increasingly significant in the coming decade. Consider it an operating manual for the future.' Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University

'Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces is an historically situated and nuanced account of the role interfaces – from books and Walkmans to iPods and mobile phones – play in our relationships to self, others and everyday urban life. Connecting contemporary practice with classic social theory, this evocative and engaging book is a much needed contribution to this cutting edge field of research.' – Heather A. Horst, RMIT University, Australia

'Highly recommended...In this thought-provoking volume, Silva and Frith consider the impact of location-aware mobile technologies on the human sense of identity, privacy, and control in public spaces. The authors effectively address this emerging area of scholarship, providing insight and discussing relevant theory...Extensively sourced and well written, this engaging title, part of the "Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies" series, is a welcome addition to the scholarship in this area.' – CHOICE magazine, D. D. Tritt, University of South Carolina Aiken, USA

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Mobile phones are no longer what they used to be. Not only can users connect to the Internet anywhere and anytime, they can also use their devices to map their precise geographic coordinates – and access location-specific information like restaurant reviews, historical information, and locations of other people nearby. The proliferation of location-aware mobile technologies calls for a new understanding of how we define public spaces, how we deal with locational privacy, and how networks of power are developed today.

In Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces, Adriana de Souza E. Silva and Jordan Frith examine these social and spatial changes by framing the development of location-aware technology within the context of other mobile and portable technologies such as the book, the Walkman, the iPod, and the mobile phone. These technologies work as interfaces to public spaces – that is, as symbolic systems that not only filter information but also reshape communication relationships and the environment in which social interaction takes place. Yet rather than detaching people from their surroundings, the authors suggest that location-aware technologies may ultimately strengthen our connections to locations.

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  • Publisher: Routledge (23 April 2012)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 20 May 2013
By Lara M - Published on
The book that I just read "Mobile Interface in Public Spaces" by Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith left a good impression on me. I think that this book is very relevant today. We live in a world that has many new technologies that absorbs our society. Most of our communication with each other now is through technology and many philosophers call our face-to-face communication pure. The main idea of this book is to show us what kind of interface we use in our society to communicate with each other.
Communication is very important in our life and authors describe in this book the different types of filters to interact with the world. For example in 1960s there was a first computer users' interface, in 1980s there was the Macintosh's graphical user interface (GUI) and today we have many new technologies like iPod, iPad and smartphones. It means that our interface today is mostly based on communication between computer systems (software and hardware) and human users. We talk less face-to-face with each other and more often we use technologies in order to do so.
Also this book describes public space and how the new technologies changed our perception of it. But at the same time it is completely unchanged for people who do not use technology. Today, we have an opportunity to share with others our thoughts about different things and sometimes change their view on them. For example now we can rate our favorite restaurants online and other people will go there only because they read those reviews. So, our online communication can be very powerful and helpful.
Then book talks about the rapid population growth of big cities after Industrial Revolution and how it affected urban sociability. Before that people lived in small cities where they knew each other and where they had an opportunity to communicate, but in the big cities it is very different. Here, everyone is busy and the best way to interface is through technology and mostly by using cell phones. Our smart phones replace for us newspapers, books, maps and sometimes even friends. Many people agree that new technology somehow disconnects us from physical space but authors said that is only a new experience with space.
One of the things that I liked in this book is that each chapter begins with a personal example. I am sure that all of us had a similar or maybe the same situation that authors had mentioned. One of the examples in the chapter that is called "The Public and The Private" is about Johanna. She does not like loud and public places like subway because there are many people. One thing that helps her to ignore big crowd is her iPod. I think many people use is it for the same reason as Johanna. At the same time music creates some privacy in the public places.
This book is very easy to read and it helps you to learn many new things about yourself. It will show the role technology plays in our lives today. I recommend to read this book.
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