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MOBILE REPUBLIC	
 Visual approaches to discourse
  in South African mobile
  social networks.
[C]onsider a relatively new
 platform for media production and
 consumption: the mobile phone …
 (Manovich, 2008:34-5).	
	...
FONE	



Feature phones, Mxit IM, cost-saving, privacy.
46 million	




                       2 million	
   14	
million	

               5 million
MEDIATED PUBLICS	
	Social networks are ‘mediated
 publics’ and play an increasingly
 important agenda-setting role.
DIGITAL VISIBILITY	
	Linking	
	Indexing	
	Archiving	
	Ranking	
	Recommendation	
	Bookmarking
DIGITALLY INVISIBLE	
	Mobile-centric internet users and
 online political activism in SA
 election 2009.	
	Read-write-eras...
LMAO	
 CDES
DIGITALLY INVISIBLE	
	Read-write-erase mode, no public
 record.
PUBLIC
 SPHERE
NETWORKING	
	Extending social networks	
	Facebook vs. MXit – second class
 carriage?
ASLR LOV
ASLR – age, sex,	
	location, race. 	
	Gate-keeping 	
	Social 	
	convergence.
SOCIAL 	
FABRIC
SOCIAL DISTANCE	
	Tourist images of marginal
 regions dominate social
 aggregators such as Flickr.	
	Impersonal and distan...
MOBILE RECORD
Mashups of geo-tagged
images	
	Guguletu, South
 Africa	
	visualCultures	
	processing.org
Social distance	




     Landscape
Social distance	




     Impersonal
Social distance	




      Social
Social distance	




             Personal
Social distance	




                   Intimate
CONCLUSION	
	Web2.0’s panopticism is an
 illusion.	
	Low-status mobile-centric
 participation is erased,
 distanced, and s...
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks
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Mobile republic: Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks

  1. 1. MOBILE REPUBLIC Visual approaches to discourse in South African mobile social networks.
  2. 2. [C]onsider a relatively new platform for media production and consumption: the mobile phone … (Manovich, 2008:34-5). Mobile-centric user-generated content in South Africa.
  3. 3. FONE Feature phones, Mxit IM, cost-saving, privacy.
  4. 4. 46 million 2 million 14 million 5 million
  5. 5. MEDIATED PUBLICS Social networks are ‘mediated publics’ and play an increasingly important agenda-setting role.
  6. 6. DIGITAL VISIBILITY Linking Indexing Archiving Ranking Recommendation Bookmarking
  7. 7. DIGITALLY INVISIBLE Mobile-centric internet users and online political activism in SA election 2009. Read-write-erase mode, no public record.
  8. 8. LMAO CDES
  9. 9. DIGITALLY INVISIBLE Read-write-erase mode, no public record.
  10. 10. PUBLIC SPHERE
  11. 11. NETWORKING Extending social networks Facebook vs. MXit – second class carriage?
  12. 12. ASLR LOV
  13. 13. ASLR – age, sex, location, race. Gate-keeping Social convergence.
  14. 14. SOCIAL FABRIC
  15. 15. SOCIAL DISTANCE Tourist images of marginal regions dominate social aggregators such as Flickr. Impersonal and distant shots of local residents predominate.
  16. 16. MOBILE RECORD
  17. 17. Mashups of geo-tagged images Guguletu, South Africa visualCultures processing.org
  18. 18. Social distance Landscape
  19. 19. Social distance Impersonal
  20. 20. Social distance Social
  21. 21. Social distance Personal
  22. 22. Social distance Intimate
  23. 23. CONCLUSION Web2.0’s panopticism is an illusion. Low-status mobile-centric participation is erased, distanced, and subject to gate- keeping. Tactical appropriations anyone?

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