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iPodolatry And Crackberries

by Professor at Mount Royal University on Mar 17, 2009

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From a talk on BlackBerries and iPods I gave for Mount Royal College’s Faculty Professional Development retreat in Banff. The two technologies were discussed somewhat separately. The focus of the ...

From a talk on BlackBerries and iPods I gave for Mount Royal College’s Faculty Professional Development retreat in Banff. The two technologies were discussed somewhat separately. The focus of the Blackberry part of the presentation was the idea that this type of device allows for the withdrawal from co-present interactions to engage in technologically-mediated communication via these devices. The focus of the iPod portion of the presentation was on the way that iPods are used as a way of inhabiting the spaces that people move between. Using anthropologist Marc Auge’s idea of “ordeals of solitude” in non-places (spaces without meaning formed in relation to certains ends such as transport and commerce), I argued that iPods provide a way of aestheticizing the spaces their users move through and thus help them cope with an underwhelming environment.

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