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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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Michael S. Daubs is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand where he teaches courses on interactive media, mobile and ubiquitous media, and media and activist movements. He has published on a variety of topics including digital labour, mediatisation and social movements, and mobile apps. His recent publications include “Forgetting History: Mediated Reflections on Occupy Wall Street” (Media and Communication 5.3; with Jeffrey Wimmer) and “HTML5, Digital Rights Management (DRM), and the Rhetoric of Openness” (Journal of Media Critiques 3.9).

Vincent R. Manzerolle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His teaching and research focuses on the history, political economy, and theory of media. He has published on a range of topics including credit technologies, consumer databases, apps, wireless connectivity, mobile payment systems, and is a co-editor of The Audience Commodity in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2014).

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