February 27, 2003

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Technosocial Situations: Emergent Structurings of Mobile Email Use


An earlier draft of the paper, with Daisuke Okabe, that has appeared in Personal Portable Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. [pdf]

Posted by Mizuko Ito at February 27, 2003 2:59 PM

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Hi Mizuko,
Thankyou for posting this work online and I am reading with great interest.What would your comment be to the proposition that young people don't have a greater interest in technology than as has been the case previously(which has always been high as early adopters,given opportunity),it's just that the technology has changed so that it is serving the needs of communication , entertainment, and information gathering so profoundly better than ever before.
Look forward to your thoughts and thanks again.

2- Mimi

Jim, sorry for the slow response on this. I somehow missed that your comment had been posted. I think you are right that the appeal is not technology per se, but is how the technology is embedded in the broader ecology of communication and entertainment. The mobile phone is an interesting case because it confounds the traditional logic that adolescent geek-boys drive technology adoption and was driven forward by teenage girls who found that the new technology fit their social and cultural ecology

do you have a preferred citation for this draft? (while i'm at it, do you have preferred citations for the 4S and the Front Stage/Back Stage papers?)

4- Mimi

I missed this comment, sorry. The citation for this paper should be: Ito, Mizuko and Daisuke Okabe. 2005. "Technosocial Situations: Emergent Stucturings of Mobile Email Use." In Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda Eds., Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. Cambridge: MIT Press. I don't have a final citation for the Front Stage Back Stage paper yet.

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