Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the Twenty-First Century
Editor: Sharon Kleinman
Publisher: New York: Peter Lang, 2007
Review Published: November 2009
First, I thank David Silver for his herculean efforts with the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (RCCS). All of us who are interested in social and technological trends have benefited tremendously from his work.
In our time-pressed culture, it is not a small thing -- it is a big deal -- to dedicate personal time and energy to reading and responding to other people's work. I am tremendously grateful to the reviewers, Kevin Douglas Kuswa and Katheryn Wright, for sharing their excellent comments about Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the Twenty-first Century. I always learn from reviews; earlier reviews of Displacing Place helped me as I edited the newly-released follow-up volume, The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life (Peter Lang, August 2009).
Displacing Place focuses on the portable technologies that connect us to people, information, and entertainment anytime and anywhere -- mobile phones, global positioning systems, laptop and handheld computers, digital media players, and so forth -- addressing some of their extensive and often unforeseen uses and impacts. The Culture of Efficiency, in comparison, examines a broader array of efficiency-oriented technologies and practices and their implications for individuals, organizations, society, and the environment. The 21 chapters in this new volume explore radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, bicycle and car sharing programs, smart homes, electronic medical records, food delivery innovations, reproductive technologies, mindfulness training regimens, technology sabbaticals, and more.
Displacing Place brings together 14 essays about mobile communication by leading-edge scholars and practitioners from communication, psychology, medicine, environmental studies, law, international relations, journalism, criminology, cultural studies, and education. Drawing on their own disciplinary perspectives and extensive expertise, the authors grapple with these vital and timely questions:
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