Critical and International Perspectives
What does the phrase "ubiquitous media" actually mean? Individual definitions are just as varied and ubiquitous as the media to which they refer. As a result, there is to date no large-scale theoretical framework through which we can understand the term. The goal of this volume is to provide a diverse set of critical, theoretical, and international approaches useful to those looking for a more diverse and nuanced understanding of what ubiquitous media means analytically.
In contrast to other existing texts on mobile media, these contributions on mobile media are contextualised within a larger discussion on the nature and history of ubiquitous media. Other sections of this edited volume are dedicated to historical perspectives on ubiquitous media, ubiquitous media and visual culture, the role of ubiquitous media in surveillance, the political economy of ubiquitous media, and the way a ubiquitous media environment affects communities, spaces, and places throughout the world.
Chapter Twelve: Push Narratives: Ubiquitous Mobile News and Participatory Local Media in Himalayan India (Jacqueline H. Fewkes / Abdul Nasir Khan)
Ubiquitous Mobile News and Participatory Local Media in Himalayan India
Jacqueline H. Fewkes and Abdul Nasir Khan
Standing in Kargil, a border town in north India, the landscape may seem like a glimpse of a movie set for a remote location. Snow-capped Himalayan mountains are marked only occasionally by twisting cliff-side roads, and tower over a busy mountain town made of predominantly mud-brick architecture. Water rushes through glacier-fed rivers, and villagers living nearby engage in the hard work of high altitude agriculture on steep terraced hills. Yet those familiar with the region will know that behind this seemingly peaceful scene lies a complex political history of contested borders between India and Pakistan, and within the town of Kargil lives a diverse multi-lingual and multi-ethnic population that reflects the rich history of the region as part of the Central-South Asian branch of the Silk Route.
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