Review by Andrew Schrock in IJOC

There’s been another review of Mobile Interface Theory in the International Journal of Communication, written by Andrew Richard Schrock. His review looks at my book in relationship to the new work by Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith, Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces, as well as Adriana’s edited collection with Daniel Sutko, Digital Cityscapes. Here’s the link to the review:

http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/1727/783

Schrock writes of the books:

Mobile Interface Theory and Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces are a step forward for research on how mobile devices are used in modern society. These texts present a set of more durable concepts that describe mobile interfaces as the micro-level part of a larger system where individuals engage with webs of contextual information, contribute media to new kinds of public spaces, and gain a sense of proprioception. The authors’ heady mix of concepts and examples will have long-lasting implications for research on mediated relationships, media convergence, and marketing. [...] Although these tomes draw on quite different theoretical lineages, they similarly disrupt simplistic understandings of mobile devices. They question the assumption that devices are inherently distancing, reject simple notions of virtuality, and call for a closer consideration of connectedness.

Thank you, Andrew, for taking the time to write such an engaging and thoughtful review!

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