Friday, November 18, 2005

Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile phones in Japanese Life

A new book has just recently been published by MIT press, and looks of interest:

"Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life" - Mizuko Ito (Editor), Daisuke Okabe (Editor), Misa Matsuda (Editor)

Synopsis: How mobile communications in Japan became a pervasively personal tool that connects families and friends, creating "always-on" social engagement. The Japanese term for mobile phone, keitai (roughly translated as "something you carry with you"), evokes not technical capability or freedom of movement but intimacy and portability, defining a personal accessory that allows constant social connection. Japan's enthusiastic engagement with mobile technology has become - along with anime, manga, and sushi - part of its trendsetting popular culture.

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