Mobile communication and the change of everyday life: a short introduction
Joachim R. Höflich
A young couple with child has boarded the railway carriage. There are still seats left aboard the carriage. Immediately, a group of four seats with table is being occupied, subsequently; the luggage is being stowed away. Simultaneously, various utensils are being unpacked and placed on the table. Among the utensils are a mobile phone, a notebook as well as a children’s book for reading. While the child, equipped with his bottle, walked the aisle up and down, and established contact with fellow-passengers, the young father flipped his notebook open and occupied himself with a shooter video-game. It was clearly recognizable, that he, equipped with his virtual weapon, swept his opponents out of the way. The player wore headphones, so that the game did not take up so much sound space. Meanwhile, the mother occupied herself with the mobile phone and may have sent a few text messages out. Then she briefly reached out for the book. But she was somehow bored – and she must have disliked, that her companion did not seem to want to share her some time. At least, she jolted every now and then the screen of the notebook in order to illustrate: ‘Just stop it, at last!’ Why this example? It shows exemplarily how public space is claimed for private settings – and that media are hereby an integral part of it. It virtually appears like an example of “living-roomisation” (Heine 2006) of public space and at the...
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