Via: "Axel Bruns"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 19 March 2007
M/C - Media and Culture
is proud to present issue one in volume ten of
'mobile' - Edited by Larissa Hjorth and Olivia Khoo
Convergence has become part of burgeoning mobile media. The mobile phone
has come of age. As an integral component of visual media cultures, camera
phone practices are arguably both extending and creating emerging ways of
seeing and representing. In media footage of late, camera phones have been
heralded as providing everyday users with the possibility of self-
expression and voice in the once unidirectional model of mass media. In
addition, the "exchange" and gift-giving economy underpinning mobile phone
practices is further enunciated by the camera phone's ability to "share"
moments between intimates (and strangers) through various contextual
frameworks and archives from MMS, blogs, virtual community sites to actual
face-to-face digital storytelling.
This issue of M/C Journal explores the role of convergent mobile
technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. The issue explores the socio-
cultural particularities of various adaptations of mobile media, from case
studies on mobile communication in the Asia Pacific, to cross-cultural
analyses of the transborder flows of mobile media production,
representation and consumption.