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Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life Hardcover – July 22, 2005
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About the Author
Misa Matsuda is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Chuo University, Tokyo.
Daisuke Okabe is Lecturer at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Japan.
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Continuing this work on informal learning with new media with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, she is Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine and Chair of a MacArthur Research Network on Connected Learning. She is co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation dedicated to offering socially connected online learning experiences for all kids.
She has been awarded grants by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Intel Research, the Abe Fellowship Program, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and is the recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Educational Research Association. Her web site is at http://www.itofisher.com/mito.
Top Customer Reviews
On a business level, the book can be used for ideas into future usages, in Japan or elsewhere. If you are trying to find a novel business involving cellphones, it helps to study a society that has taken them further.
The text is also dreadfully repetitive. The poor organization of ideas allows for repetition within the chapters without increasing understanding or meaning. The text also lacks a cumulative conclusion. There is no purposeful ending or aggregate of the concepts drawn on throughout the text.
The reflection of the social influences of keitai use on social selectivity and Japanese family life are the two strongest most interesting aspects of the text. It also opens reflective speculation on American cellphone use. We had a Socratic seminar style assignment with this text and we found that we spent the majority of our discussions focused on how certain examples or social uses of keitai were different and similar in American cell phone culture. Personal, Portable Pedestrian is outdated, as it was published in 2005, so It’s informational value would be a historical view of the development of Japanese cell phone usage within the late 90s and early 2000’s. In conclusion, Personal, Portable, Pedestrian was averagely informational but the detached voice was disengaging. It made it difficult to stay interested or gain information of value from reading.
The novel exemplifies an issue with mobile phones that is happening in Japan and it encourages people to step out of their comforts and immerse themselves into issues other cultures are facing in order to broaden their perspectives of issues happening around the world. The novel provides very detailed information about the integration and role keitai plays in the Japanese culture, however, the novel’s style of writing falls into the writings similar to those of a scientific text book, because the novel does not take the opportunity to elaborate and analyze deeper into the main ideas, thus failing to successfully conclude each point established. The novel leaves the readers confused because rather than choosing to wrap up the main purpose of the novel, the author instead choose to introduce an entirely new topic about the effects of keitai.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Personal, Portable, and Pedestrian is a book that goes in depth about how the keitai is not a separate entity from Japanese culture. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lizelle Lucas
I teach rhetoric at a University in San Francisco and one of my classes chose this book to read during the Spring 2014 semester. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michelle LaVigne
As a college student searching for a better understanding of mobile phone use in Japan, Personal, Portable, Pedestrian was a beneficial tool. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jeanette Bettin
Undoubtedly, the emergence of Keitai in Japan was one of the most defining points of a society transitioning into the 21st century and its technological age. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Donna Lopiano
Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life, edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda, was a valuable book that looked specifically at the mobile... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sarah A.
Personal, Portable, Pedestrian (PPP) is a collection of essays written by various authors concerning the topic of cell phone, or keitai, use and its influence on Japanese culture. Read morePublished 22 months ago by CreamoftheCrop
The book, Personal, Portable Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life, proves to successfully identify the growth of a new technology in Japanese society that is both challenged... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jan F.
Personal, Portable, Pedestrian is a collective study of the Keitai within Japanese society. The book paints the Keitai, the Japanese mobile phone, as a pivotal piece of technology... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lucky Jackson
Personal, Portable, Pedestrian, a book edited by Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe and Misa Matsuda, serves as an educational text about mobile phone usage in Japanese culture. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Annie Toffoli