- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415878918
- ISBN-13: 978-0415878913
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media 1st Edition
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"Working deftly at the intersection of poststructuralism and phenomenology, Jason Farman develops the concept of the ‘sensory-inscribed’ body to discuss embodiment through and within mobile interfaces. Enlivened with personal anecdotes, his accessible and theoretically savvy writing provides essential guidance to the effects that mobile media are having on important contemporary issues, from ethical quandaries to geospatial reconfigurations of social relationships." ―N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of Literature, Duke University
"This luminously theorized, beautifully written book provides the first comprehensive account of locative mobile media. Jason Farman offers us a distinctive, philosophically attuned perspective on the great cultural technology of our time―tracing the new relations among bodies, space, and culture." ―Gerard Goggin, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
"Farman's Mobile Interface Theory is the first [book] that focuses completely on theory for mobile media, and, in doing so, provides an excellent foundation for all of us interested in this area of media scholarship." ―Dene Grigar, Washington State University Vancouver, in Leonardo Reviews
"Farman’s text represents an ambitiously thoughtful and well-written attempt to understand locative media in terms of embodied experience." ―Dan Hassoun, University of Minnesota, in The International Journal of Communication
WINNER OF THE 2012 ASSOCIATION OF INTERNET RESEARCHERS BOOK AWARD: "[Mobile Interface Theory] has the potential to inform new scholarship, re-set directions, and remind us that, now, the Internet is not somewhere else, but right here, in our pockets, our minds, our places." ―AoIR Book Award Committee
"Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces...would work...well as a foundational text in a course on mobile theories...[and] would likely be of interest to those seeking a richer theoretical understanding of how we experience space and time in an increasingly networked world." - Ryan S. Eanes, University of Oregon, USA
About the Author
Jason Farman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of American Studies and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies and Digital Media from the University of California, Los Angeles. Farman's research focuses on embodied space in the digital age, including studies of mobile media, mapping technologies, videogames, digital storytelling, social media, digital performance art, and surveillance.
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Cyberculture / Micro-Places / Smart Mobs / Pervasive Computing / Wearable Computing / Mobile Interface Embodiment / Biomapping / Locative Interfaces / Site-Specific Storytelling / Artifact Engaged Interaction / Unpracticed Databases / Digital Tagging / Mobile Media Narrative / Sensory-inscribed / Mobil Urban Markup / Polyvocality / Mobile Media bubbles /....... I need to stop now.
"Mobile Interface Theory" will absolutely deliver on the promise of expanding your mental horizon of this new emerging mobile world. Did I understand everything written in the book? NO, and I have a degree in Philosophy. This is a book that demands to be taken seriously, and read at least twice if not three times. It is challenging not only due to the new words, but also to the fact that it provides a broad overview of mobile media culture at a level that most of us would not experience.
While reading this book, I started to become much more aware of examples of mobile Interfacing, such as the Streetmuseum application. This mobile device application will show you an overlay of a modern photograph with a historical photograph, and I believe uses GPS technology to guide the user in the field. I began to notice photographs of this application being shared on Facebook by friends in England.
The notes of this book are a source of future reading and research. Jason Farman is likely one of the few academic scholars who have attempted to tackle from a philosophical view just what in the world is going on between society and Mobility. Reading this book has changed my perspective when I watch people engage with mobile technology, providing new insight to the driving factors behind this mobile media social revolution.
I will absolutely be reading his future work.
John O'Farrell is an interactive marketing expert in the metropolitan New York area. You can visit his blog: AllThingsInteractive.com