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Mobile and Ubiquitous Media

Critical and International Perspectives


Edited By Michael S. Daubs and Vincent R. Manzerolle

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.

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Chapter Fourteen: “Framelessness,” or the Cultural Logic of Big Data (Mark Andrejevic)


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“Framelessness,” or the Cultural Logic of Big Data

Mark Andrejevic


Everywhere the figure of the frame is in crisis. The boundaries that once limited information collection and use have transformed alongside with the very forms of representation that we rely on to reproduce our reality for us. Total information collection and virtual reality go hand-in-hand. Both aspire to the digital reduplication of reality. The spatial boundaries that once differentiated spaces of work, leisure, and domesticity from one another have been reconfigured along with those that separated fact from fiction. The wager of this chapter is that these developments are related.

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