Some may say that virtual communication has tainted society’s natural way of face-to-face interaction. As this may be true, I would be without a doubt lost in life without my trusted sidekick: the iPhone 5. Apple continues to create new ways to make my life easier; as a new semester of school is upon me, and so is the lineups for over-priced textbooks. A quick download of an app and I am able to scan my old text books and see which ones Brock is buying back and for what amount. This certainly saves me the convenience of lugging textbooks around just to get a quick rejection of sale. This example is one of hundreds in which mobile communication and direct Internet access has made the world we live in today as quick and painless as possible.
In Cass’ blog she states: “I feel the contemporary need to communicate. Whether it’s with my family via text message, my followers via tweet, or my friends on Facebook – I feel the constant need to update people on my life.” I couldn’t agree more with her need to communicate with those around us, but I have…sorry I seemed to have lost my train of thought as I was compelled to check a tag I was in on Instagram…anyways, as I think I was saying, I have tried to limit myself on updating the world around me on what I am doing. This can be a difficult task to some, as Campbell states in his article Social Implications of Mobile Telephony: The Rise of Personal Communication Society, “…information and communication technologies of the 1980s and 1990s nourished a shift in social organization characterized by decentralized, flexible, network nodes based on shared interests rather than shared geographic space.” The way in which we communicate has changed entirely, as I now have the ability to talk to someone across the globe on such networking sites as Twitter. Thinking about this concept seems baffling, yet is both standard and expected in the way we live today.
There are still people out there however who don’t care for the latest in technology, as “followemc”’s blog states: “I had it in my head that there were pretty much only two kinds of phones out there. A Blackberry or an Iphone. I have to say I didn’t want either of them. I wanted a phone as simplistic as my LG. A phone that would get the job done, allow me to text and call. I didn’t need any bells and whistles or other embellishments.” This to me and I’m sure others as well seems odd. Why not have the latest if it is available to you? It could be that the transition between an outdated phone to and iPhone or Blackberry can be overwhelming, as even I find it hard to keep up with the latest. This statement also proves that there are still people out there that do not depend on social networking and constant communication, and society could possibly be taking advantage of all that has been given to us, and forget about all that has always been there. As nice as a “J” may look, it cannot compare to someone’s smile in real life.
Adaptability has also become essential in communication. “The iPhone is an especially interesting case but it is such a strong adaptation – indeed, Apple has actively tried to present its device as marking a break with the mobile phone” (Goggin, 2009). This made me think of Katie’s blog, as she states that “The emergence of global communication has increased throughout the decades – such as the advances in the development of ‘smartphones,’ the typical cell phone one would now call a mini PC.” Upgrades seem never ending, and the features are constantly tweaked in order to adapt to the communication culture and certain trends within it.
“With the expansion of the telecommunications networks have to offer, including the Internet as one of its dimensions is yet another place that is superposed to the urban territory, namely, the digital locus” (Josgrilberg, 2008). Not having Internet on a mobile device would make me feel incapable of everyday tasks as we have grown accustom to having this privilege. The expansion of mobile communication has changed society as a whole, and has given us many benefits to stay in contact with friends, family, and ultimately everything that is happening around the world.
The ability to have hardly any limited capabilities with mobile devices has advanced mobile communication and changed how we communicate with others as well as companies and services. The convenience and adaptation has given us the opportunity to move forward in innovations and become accustom to “having it all”. Some may argue that it has created a culture for always wanting more, but it is human nature to want to be accepted by others, strive for knowledge, and have the best. If we did not have these commercial and governmental products we would be extremely limited in both communication and information. You must also consider the economic effects, as businesses, jobs, income etc. would be greatly affected without the communication we have today. This gives us a contemporary need to communicate, as it brings the billions of people on earth together.
As distracting phones can be at times, the post-PC era is what my generation has been brought up to live in and it seems anything but ordinary to think that the way we communicate now is changing for the worse.
I will now leave you with an image of my very first cellphone, and what I currently use today…look at all that has changed in only 7 years!
Campbell, S. W. and Park, Y. J. (2008), Social Implications of Mobile Telephony: The Rise of Personal Communication Society. Sociology Compass, 2: 371–387
Goggin, G. (2009). Adapting the mobile phone: The iPhone and its consumption. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 23:2, 231-244.
Goggin, G. (2011). Ubiquitous apps: politics of openness in global mobile cultures. Digital Creativity, 22(3), 148-159.
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