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The rewards of media

October 17, 2009

This is the tweaked version of a conference panel proposal (and hopefully call for abstracts) I’m working on with Philipp Budka

As contemporary social worlds become ever more media-saturated – particularly after the huge surge in mobile phone uptake in both rich and poor countries – questions arise about the considerable amounts of time and money that many individuals and groups appear to spend on all kinds of media technologies (mobiles, blogs, wikis, radio, online games, social networking sites, YouTube, etc.).

  • What are the rewards (cultural, social, economic, symbolic, sensory, etc.) that people derive from engaging in specific media practices?
  • Why do people around the globe devote scarce temporal and financial resources to certain media practices and not others?
  • How do people caught up in the global turmoil use old and new media technologies to seek or create new job opportunities, imagine future economic scenarios or ‘forget’ their financial woes?
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