Week 6: Mobility


This week’s reading: Ito, Mizuko. “Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Replacement of Social Contact.” In Ling, Rich and Pederson, Per Eds. Mobile Communications: Re-negotiation of the Social Sphere. London: Springer – Verlag, 2005, 131-148

Media is now more transportable than ever before this reading focuses on the mobile phone use of Japanese youth and how their social contact has been transformed by the new technology. This reading concentrates on the mobile phone use in the ‘home, at school in urban spaces and in virtual spaces’ (Mizuko 2005).  I think this readings core argument is that mobile media has different functions in different spaces, and different spaces change the way media is used.

The readings key concepts are media changes when moving to different geographical spaces. Media use in the home feels limited to youths as there is not enough space to invite friends over, and have them over less than once a year in many cases, they usually have one home phone so choose to use mobiles for privacy if speaking with the opposite sex (Mizuko 2005). At school text and email was utilised to communicate with other students and in urban spaces email and calls where used (Mizuko 2005).  Email was able to be used while travelling on the bus and train (Mizuko 2005). The terms the author uses to develop this argument are what ‘context’ the media is utilised.

Questions it raises for me are: Are we seeing the same patterns in Australia?

I would argue that it is not so far from what we see in this country; however our home phones may be used more as well as home PC’s.


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