Assignment 2 Reading Response: September 2

Reading 1: The Mobile Media Reader

This reading was in regard to the evolution and change that has happened with reading and the mobility of it over time. The article traced back the history of the book to the Jews and then Arabs. The book itself went from scroll to codex then leading to mass production. In most societies books started out for the elite but have now become readily available to almost all in most modern societies. I found out that books were the first form of mobile media which I found very interesting. The advancement of how mobile reading and e-books has evolved heavily since 2007. This now includes apps, readers and reading compatibility on almost every device. E-readers broadened mobile media through wireless distribution of not only books but also magazines, articles, and the news. As mobile media and technology has developed so has the concept of the book. Though the article focuses a lot on the mobile media side of books it also talks about how the traditional book is still very apparent and hasn’t seen a large decrease. Overall, I gained a lot from this article, including that the book hasn’t been replaced through our media. Rather the book has adjusted and grown with our use of technology to something more user friendly. 

Reading 2: Collecting Space and Place in Mobile Media 

This reading is about the global positioning systems that we have in mobile phone. It’s all about understanding mobile location-based media and remapping spaces. Geo-location has made it so that online users can update their status’s, photo locations and constantly be posting where they are at location wise at all time. This can be both good and bad depending on the circumstances. The reading also focused a lot on an app called Foursquare which I found very interesting because this is something I hadn’t heard of before. The location-based app allows users to essentially explore a city and unlock and discover new things the more you and your friends use it. It’s a social media type platform where you can earn different things by checking into more places. In the app the map doesn’t allow you to zoom in or out to see what is nearby and it doesn’t really allow much discovery. I found the app very interested and not something I personally would use because I think it could be dangerous. Users have to frequently check into locations based on where they are making it easier for someone on the internet to always know where you are. I really enjoyed reading this because I found it very thought provoking. 

Technology Application:

I think that both of the articles are very different but connect in the broader sense because I chose to read about the mobility of the e-reader as well as global position in mobile media. I think largely both can connect to tablets and smaller hand-held devices. I-Pads for example allow not only the use of e-books but also global positioning services. The device comes with predownloaded Apple apps for both iBooks and maps. Through the book app you can download books, and audio books. And the maps app is the same as on most Apple devices allowing you to find locations of places, yourself and receive directions. The iPad also allows you to download other e-reading and location-based media apps such as the pre-loaded find my friends app and games like Pokémon Go. Overall, I think this device encompasses a lot of the qualities from both the different forms of mobile media in a large-scale aspect. 

Technology Example: 

The technology example I chose largely applies to class, because iPad and other hand-held tablet devices are widely used within our media consumers. This allows consumers to surf and scroll through the web and other social media apps on a larger screen. It’s a bigger version of a phone but a smaller version of a computer. Applying this to mobile media technology is easy because when developing most advancing apps or platforms they need to be user friendly on larger devices. I think the device encompasses most of what we have talked about so far this semester!

Discussion Questions: 

  • Have you seen a downhill trend in the number of physical books being read in society since most things have gone digital? 
  • Eventually do you think the use of physical bound books will start to decrease on a large scale? 
  • Do you think location-based technology hinders our online safety? 

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