About the Book

About the Book

Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media, by Jason Farman




Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Pathways of Locative Media

Chapter 1: Embodiment and the Mobile Interface

Chapter 2: Mapping and Representations of Space

Chapter 3: Locative Interfaces and Social Media

Chapter 4: The Ethics of Immersion in Locative Games

Chapter 5: Performances of Asynchronous Time

Chapter 6: Site-Specific Storytelling and Reading Interfaces

Conclusion: Movement/Progress/Obsolescence: On the Politics of Mobility

Publisher’s description:

Mobile media—from mobile phones to smartphones to netbooks—are transforming our daily lives. We communicate, we locate, we network, we play, and much more through our mobile devices. In Mobile Interface Theory, Jason Farman demonstrates how the worldwide adoption of mobile technologies is causing a reexamination of the core ideas about what it means to live our everyday lives. He argues that mobile media’s pervasive computing model, which allows users to connect and interact with the internet while moving across a wide variety of locations, has produced for a new sense of self for users–a new embodied identity that stems from virtual space and material space regularly enhancing, cooperating or disrupting each other. Exploring a range of mobile media practices, including mobile maps and GPS technologies, location-aware social networks, urban and alternate reality games that use mobile devices, performance art, and storytelling projects, Farman illustrates how mobile technologies are changing the ways we produce lived, embodied spaces.



“Working deftly at the intersection of poststructuralism and phenomenology, Jason Farman develops the concept of the ‘sensory-inscribed’ body to discuss embodiment through and within mobile interfaces.  Enlivened with personal anecdotes, his accessible and theoretically savvy writing provides essential guidance to the effects that mobile media are having on important contemporary issues, from ethical quandaries to geospatial reconfigurations of social relationships.” —N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of Literature, Duke University

“This luminously theorized, beautifully written book provides the first comprehensive account of locative mobile media. Jason Farman offers us a distinctive, philosophically attuned perspective on the great cultural technology of our time—tracing the new relations among bodies, space, and culture.” —Gerard Goggin, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Sydney

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