More-than-than human contact, conspicuous mobility, and the digital frontier

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This 'lightning-talk' was delivered at the VGI Preconference at the AAG meetings in Seattle, 11 April 2011. Organized by Dan Sui, Michael Goodchild, and Sarah Elwood.

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More-than-than human contact, conspicuous mobility, and the digital frontier

  1. 1. More-than-human contact, conspicuous mobility, and the digital frontier Matthew W. Wilson Assistant Professor of Geography Ball State University [email_address] 11 April 2011
  2. 2. Feel like a wallflower? Maybe it’s your Facebook wall (Wortham 2011)
  3. 3. Feel like a wallflower? Maybe it’s your Facebook wall (Wortham 2011) “ As the alerts came in, my mind began to race. Three friends, I learned, had arrived at a music venue near my apartment. But why? What was happening there? Then I saw pictures of other friends enjoying fancy milkshakes at a trendy restaurant. Suddenly, my simple domestic pleasures paled in comparison with the things I could be doing.”
  4. 4. (more-than-)human contact <ul><li>cyborg geographies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recognition of knowledges-in-the-making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>composed of partial, contingent practices that blur machinic/organic materiality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>more-than-human contact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>contact is (always-already and) increasingly mediated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>finding an appropriate ‘response’ requires the inclusion of these digital objects </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  6. 6. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  7. 7. “ Headphones connected to the iPhone, iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government.” (M.I.A., The Message , 2010)
  8. 8. “ Headphones connected to the iPhone, iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government.” (M.I.A., The Message , 2010) <ul><li>DoD  GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Representations of global space </li></ul><ul><ul><li> US military hegemony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> global capitalism </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. “ Headphones connected to the iPhone, iPhone connected to the Internet, connected to the Google, connected to the government.” (M.I.A., The Message , 2010) <ul><li>DoD  GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Representations of global space </li></ul><ul><ul><li> US military hegemony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> global capitalism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FCC  Enhanced 911  LBS </li></ul>
  10. 10. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  11. 11. 2001 ish European LBS:  bars, food, taxis  SMS FriendFinder US LBS:  AT&T Find Friends
  12. 12. 2001 ish European LBS:  bars, food, taxis  SMS FriendFinder US LBS:  AT&T Find Friends 2005… Google Earth Google Maps API Dopplr.com Qype.com Loopt.com Brightkite.com
  13. 13. 2001 ish European LBS:  bars, food, taxis  SMS FriendFinder US LBS:  AT&T Find Friends 2005… Google Earth Google Maps API Dopplr.com Qype.com Loopt.com Brightkite.com 10 applications that make the most of location (from Biba 2009) 1 Drive fast, avoid the cops (locations of known speed traps): Trapster 2 Sleep easy, we ’ll wake you (missing your stop on public transit): iNap 3 Play tag, with strangers: JOYity 4 Call a cab, the easy way (location-aware cab services): Cab4Me 5 Scan a barcode, find a deal (local deals): ShopSavy 6 See the world, through Google ’s eyes: Google Earth 7 Train your phone to know its place (location-aware phone ringer settings): Locale 8 Look Up! Be a stellar student (what stars are above): GoSkyWatch 9 Dark Alley? Call for help (location-aware alarm system): SafetyNet 10 Go here when you gotta go (location-aware facility finding): SitOrSquat
  14. 14. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  15. 15. March 2009  SXSW  foursquare Launch
  16. 16. March 2009  SXSW  foursquare Launch
  17. 17. March 2009  SXSW  foursquare Launch
  18. 18. March 2009  SXSW  foursquare Launch
  19. 19. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  20. 20. conspicuous mobility check ins  conspicuous consumption check ins  6 million users (end of 2010) check ins  380 million check-ins
  21. 21. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  22. 22. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  23. 24. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  24. 25. geographies of ‘ volunteered ’ geographic information Conditions of emergence Continued development Production Re-production / mashup Limits to re-production Use / interpretation Limits to use Challenges to disciplinary thinking
  25. 26. the digital frontier <ul><li>spatiality of the ‘digital divide’ </li></ul><ul><li>represents opportunities for constituting new technocultural practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>attentive to and resistive of ‘conspicuous mobility’ </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. the digital frontier <ul><li>spatiality of the ‘digital divide’ </li></ul><ul><li>represents opportunities for constituting new technocultural practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>attentive to and resistive of ‘conspicuous mobility’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>persistent questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the limitations to drawing upon these data about mobility? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the possibilities for intervention in these practices, representations, and movements? </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. Google Map Marker 2010 by [ Mooi ], Flickr Friday . 10am Technologies of Mobility 2 Convention Center 204 “ Location-based services, conspicuous mobility, and the location-aware future”

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