Domesticating Smartphones

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Recent developments in the media landscape have pointed towards complex processes
of convergence and diversification exemplified not least by smartphones.
The smartphone is an example of media convergence par excellence (Cumiskey
and Hjorth, 2013); it is a meta-technology (Jensen, 2010), capable of representing
all previous media forms on a single, mobile material platform. At the same
time, it is used in connection with a multitude of services and content forms
across media. This chapter discusses the smartphone as an object of domestication
by examining a number of general themes related to the domestication of
this type of media technology. Some of these themes are well known from
research on other media technologies (see Haddon, 2016), but have become reactualized
in the context of smartphones and an increasingly complex and interconnected
media landscape. Furthermore, in the course of this discussion the
chapter asks how to approach the complexities associated with smartphones in
the domestication framework.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmartphone Cultures
EditorsJane Vincent, Leslie Haddon
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-23438-3
ISBN (Electronic)9781315307077
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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