Reading Response #7- Youth & Media

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Spencer Sher 6342841 November 12 th , 2012 Krista Riley Youth & Media Reading Response #7 Mobile Identity: Youth, Identity, and Mobile Communication Media By: Gitte Stald The section of this weeks article that I would most like to discuss is Availability . Much of the article concerned itself with providing information on the uses of the mobile and how it fits into the everyday lives of young people; the section Availability offered insight into one of the stranger phenomenons related to the cellular phone: the inability to turn off. Many of the young adults that Stald makes reference to say they never turn their mobile off for fear that they would be, “missing something” (Stald, 151). As much as I would like to think I could live in a world without mobiles the bottom line is that they have become an essential part of my daily life. Much like the young people discussed in the article, I too find myself constantly, “available for communication, information, entertainment” (Stald, 151). The ability to be constantly informed and
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Unformatted text preview: able to communicate with others rapidly is something new to young people. But this is more of the technological side of the cellular phone. The article speaks of a girl keeping her phone beside her pillow at night for fear of missing a call from a friend who might need her help. This is an example of a cellular phone being used as a source of comfort. The phone in this case acts as a reassuring reminder that your loved ones are only a call away. The problem with this situation is the degree to which the subjects in the study find themselves linked to their phones. The ability to turn the phone off no longer seems like a viable option. If kids today have trouble leaving home without their phones imagine future generations. References- Gitte Stald. (2008). Mobile Identity: Youth, Identity, and Mobile Communication Media. Youth, Identity, and Digital Media. In D. Buckingham (Ed.) Youth, Identity, and Digital Media (pp. 143-164). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press....
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