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Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life Hardcover – July 22, 2005
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About the Author
Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use, particularly among young people, in Japan and the United States, and a Professor in Residence at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.
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In the introduction to Personal, Portable, Pedestrian by Mizuko Ito, the audience is told to expect an explanation of keitai use, not just specifically to Japan but to a global stage as well. It states: “This introduction serves to locate the keitai as a particular sociocultural object in relation to the international state of mobile communications adoption and sociocultural research” (Ito 1). With this in mind, I read PPP through two lenses, one of a Japanese perspective and one of an international perspective. This global perspective was virtually absent however, a flaw I found to be overwhelming. The book allowed me to relate it as best I could to my own experiences and life but offered little expertise to assist me in doing so.
The amount of repetition within Personal, Portable, Pedestrian was unnecessary and consequentially distracting. For example, chapter one served as a helpful preview of many things later explained in the book, however, an introduction for that purpose precisely had already preceded it. Its section “from a business tool to a youth medium” is explained copiously in chapter three and four, its topic of family and gender is deeply illuminated in chapter eleven, and its explanation of the effect on interpersonal relationships is clarified in all of section three and much of section four.
I first heard about this book from Trip Hawkins, during a mobile track of the Game Developer Conference. This was before the iPhone came out. While the iPhone may have changed how mobile apps are built and sold, this book remains a classic.
What I learned from PPP was how a teenage Japanese girl began to use her pager and ketai. I learned how she, and others like her, became the social nexus of a new phenomenon. Now, with carriers transitioning from SMS to data plans, this book helps me to ask the question: "who's the leading way" - in a way that might yield a useful answer.
With that said, "Personal Portable Pedestrian" is informative and a great source for discovering more about Keitai. The authors that are responsible for each section are qualified and educated about the topic. It is filled with visual aids that support the specific arguments that each author is making. It is safe to say that the authors weren't attempting to write a book that would be a captivating read. In the end, I recommend "Personal Portable Pedestrian" for those looking for information on the topic. It would be helpful for those doing research projects on modern Japanese society or even projects on technology’s increasing impact in the 21st century. However, I would hate to see anyone purchase the book for pleasure reading. You’ll find yourself struggling to keep your eyes on the text. It is simply too repetitive, too dry to enjoy reading.