Global Media and Communication: New Time, New Space, New Social Relationships

By Joanne Devine.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Mobile phones and the wireless internet are perhaps the most frequently used and widely spread of the new global media technologies; on an obvious level, each offers users new forms of connection—in the case of mobile phones to(at a minimum)other users, and with wireless internet to both other users and to a seemingly limitless body of information. Perhaps more significantly, beyond this enhanced connectivity, these forms of mediated communication have transformed users’ relationships to time, place and space. I argue here that alterations of the ideas and experience of time, place and space produced by engagement with these new technologies have profoundly restructured users’ expectations of social interaction and social relationships. What is emerging is a new social order in which individuals no longer ‘own’ their personal time and their personal place/space, but rather participate tacitly in a social contract which takes as a given timeless, placeless availability. I consider the possible personal and social implications of this new connected social order.

Keywords: Globalization, Media, Communications

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.71-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.311KB).

Prof. Joanne Devine

Professor, Department of English, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Joanne Devine teaches courses in Applied Linguistics and Communications and Media at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (USA) where she is chair of a faculty committee which has developed a proposal for a “Critical Media Studies” minor at the college. Among the media courses she teaches are “Introduction to Communications and Media,” “Gender and Communication” and “Global Media.” In the fall of 2006, she also taught “Media and British National Identity” as part of Skidmore’s freshman semester in London program. Most recently (summer 2007) she participated in an international seminar on “Global Media” at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is currenlty preparing a manuscript on media and national identity.

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