Ilpo Koskinen (2011) Mobile Multimedia 2.0? School of Design, Industrial Design. University of Art and Design Helsinki
Mobile communication is an important constituent of what Gergen calls “the proactive Mittelbau,” opinion-formation and action that is rooted in the independent realities of civil society rather than in the opinions of political elites or mass media. In his opinion, mobile phones change the nature of mediated communication. However, Gergen also paints a darker picture. In this vision, civil society is replaced by small communication clusters, which increasingly take the role previously played by public venues. This paper attempts to look at some of the more recent developments of mobile multimedia. The first question is whether mobile multimedia, to use commercial computer slang, is in its second phase, and what kind of thing it is, if it exists. The second question deals with its social consequences.
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