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Moving data : the iphone and the future of media /

"Featuring an eclectic mix of original essays, Moving Data explores the iPhone as technological prototype, lifestyle gadget, and platform for media creativity. Media experts, cultural critics, and scholars consider the device's newness and usability -- even its "lickability" -- and its "biographical...

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Other Authors: Snickars, Pelle., Vonderau, Patrick.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Columbia University Press, 2012
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Review by Choice Review

This reviewer has slogged through many cryptic books on the social impact of living in a wireless world. But with Moving Data, he finds himself reading through each of the 22 short, concise essays two to three times--not because he is trying to part the miasma, but because he is trying to squeeze out every last little nuance. The well-written essays in this wonderful little book range from insightful to downright fun, looking at the iPhone (and the iPhone as a metaphor for the wireless world) from a well-grounded media studies perspective. Each essay succeeds, more or less, in being about exactly one thing, whether that thing is how Steve Jobs was like Willy Wonka or how news has become less an information service and more a real-time ambient, and participatory, field. The book is a great source from which to branch off into discussion or exploration, or for inspiration to just plain sit and think. The material is not necessarily easy and assumes some basic knowledge of the field, but it is a very worthwhile work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. L. Kantor formerly, Southern Vermont College

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Review by Library Journal Review

Much has been made of Steve Jobs's still-heralded iPhone. Edited by Snickars (head of research, Swedish National Lib.) and Vonderau (media studies, Ruhr Univ., Germany), who also coedited The YouTube Reader, this book is not quite a paean to the-little-black-smartphone-that-could, but its 22 essays do spend a lot of time analyzing the device's high points and its contributions to global culture. The authors present the iPhone as artwork (created by "artists" and also a platform to create art); near human; and a tool to encourage good citizenship and civic responsibility. There is less on the specifics of how the iPhone uses data and more about what the device makes possible in general, though a chapter titled "The iPhone's Failure: Protests and Resistance" raises critical questions about Apple's proprietary control over essentially all communication and content used under its umbrella. VERDICT This book addresses some interesting though esoteric concepts relating to digital culture. Most applicable in a philosophy or mass communications course.-Stacie Williams, Harvard Medical Sch. Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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