Don Bauder 5:38 p.m., May 20
San Diego State University journalism and mass media professor Noah Arceneaux has released a collection of essays on the rapid evolution of mobile technology, The Mobile Media Reader.
“If you had asked people fifty years ago what they predicted for technology in the future, they may have guessed flying cars, but probably not the ‘mobilization’ of technology and entertainment,” Arceneaux tells SDSU’s NewsCenter. “I don’t think we could have envisioned even a decade ago how commonplace it would be for so many to have a device in their pocket that could call, text, record video, take photos, search the web, play games and everything else they can do.”
Themes covered by the authors Arcenaux curates range from them emergence of shorthand “text language” (OMG, LOL) to the impact of mobile technology and social media in major global events such as the Arab Spring.
One of Arcenaux’s aims is to kill the use of the American term “cell phone.” He argues that the more globally accepted “mobile” is a more appropriate term, given that today’s smart phones are a commonly used platform for doing much more than making phone calls.