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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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The editors would like to sincerely and wholeheartedly thank the following individuals for their important role in helping to complete this project. Most importantly we would like to thank Mary Savigar, Steve Jones, and Kathryn Harrison for providing the foundational encouragement and support necessary to include this in Digital Formation series as well as Michael Doub and the whole editorial team at Peter Lang who made the process seamless and manageable.

We would also like to thank Marcelo Guarini and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor for their support. Similarly, we want to acknowledge the additional support provided by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington and particularly thank Sarah Leggott for making that support possible and Philippa Race for her administrative support.

We also owe a great deal of gratitude to our copyeditor Rudy Leon, who provided a thorough, professional, and much need set of fresh eyes to the manuscript, strengthening its overall clarity and coherence. Her comments and suggestions quite simply made this a better book.

Michael S. Daubs would like to specifically thank his colleagues in the Media Studies department at Victoria University of Wellington for their encouragement and support, particularly Jo Smith, Joost de Bruin, Peter Thompson, Kathleen Kuehn, Minette Hillyer, and Geoff Stahl for their guidance and willingness to discuss topics, issues and themes that became central issues in this text (often over pints; also,...

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