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Friday, January 04, 2013

Taken for Grantedness: The Embedding of Mobile Communication into Society by Rich Ling

Take a closer look at Rich Ling's New Book below.

Why do we feel insulted or exasperated when our friends and family don’t answer their mobile phones?

If the Internet has allowed us to broaden our social world into a virtual friend-net, the mobile phone is an instrument of a more intimate social sphere. The mobile phone provides a taken-for-granted link to the people to whom we are closest; when we are without it, social and domestic disarray may result.
In just a few years, the mobile phone has become central to the functioning of society.

In this book, Rich Ling explores the process by which the mobile phone has become embedded in society, comparing it to earlier technologies that changed the character of our social interaction and, along the way, became taken for granted.

October 26, 2012.
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About Rich Ling

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Rich Ling is Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Senior Research Scientist at the Telenor Research Institute near Oslo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan.

He is the author of New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion (MIT Press, 2008).