Comparative Media: Social Mobility, Media, and the Development of Networked Social Spheres (November 1-3)

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Lorenzo Servitje, University of California, Riverside
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Media studies and information theory has long been concerned with the ways in which media transmits knowledge across time and space. In this respect, media has historically been and is currently central to the creation of the social through the transmission of information. New mediums such as tablet devices, smart phones, and social media have transformed the user's relationship to the social sphere in radical ways through mobility and access. These transitions have also simultaneously transformed the networks that support, transmit, and reshape the flow of information that comes to represent the individual in these newly emerging spheres. This standing session welcomes papers that explore what it means to be social or mobile in historical or contemporary contexts as well as papers exploring the social praxis of media. Paper topics can include but are not limited to:

-The intersection of social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest

-Historical forms of media socialization like boom boxes, television and radio gatherings

- Mobile or "transportable" media in literature such as the phonograph and typewriter in Dracula

-Commodification of media socialization, for example hashtags

-MMO and (mobile) networked video games

-Augmented reality games -Mobile media "moving people" as in fitness GPS apps for smart phones

-Fan networks and practices such as live social network conversations during a show

-Changes in reading practices reflecting the rise in new mediums such as the Nook, iPad, and Kindle Fire

-Professional networking practices through sites such as LinkedIn, or employer use of employee information found on social media sites

-Evolving models of entertainment distribution such as iTunes, Netflix, HBO Go, and Hulu

-The differences in interacting on social networks in a mobile or stationary media setting, i.e. on a mobile device versus a computer

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