Contributions of Cell Phones to New media. Sylvain Cibangu COM 538 (Fall 2003). The perspective is sociological (social/societal). Social Facts:
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COM 538 (Fall 2003)
E.g., telephone has always been cellular. There is no non-cellular telephone.
From the history of telephony, almost nothing is particular or new to cell phones.
In the late 1870s: Since previous electrical communication had been by means of wires, ‘wireless’ seemed like the logical name and served until 1906. In that year,” went on Coe, “an international conference meeting in Berlin, Germany, decided that the word ‘radio’ should henceforth be used to describe the new miracle of communication… The word wireless continued to be used in England and the colonies, and still is today. (Coe, 1996, p. 3)
Two almost universally accepted characteristics
of cellphones: their popularity and the novelty of the
1990s (Flichy, 1995; Parsons, 2002; Schneiderman,
In the 1910s,
“even with their limitations, the first mobile
telephones were welcomed [and] grew in popularity”
(Coe, 1996, p. 103).
In short, the contributions of cell phones raise a lot of questions.