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Reminder: SMS and the 11-M Madrid bombings, Sheffield Hallam, 28 May 2010

May 25, 2010

Update 27 May 2010. This event is now cancelled.

When: 28 May 2010 13:00-14:00 (UK time)
Where: 9138 Furnival, Sheffield Hallam University
Who: open to all
How much: free
Sheffield, UK


CCRC Communication & Computing Research Centre
Research Seminar

Speaker: Noelia Salido, University of Coruña (Spain)
Title: Social Uses of SMS in the 11-M Madrid bombs Case: From Personal Use to Social Effect


The currently widespread use of SMS (short-messaging service) as an alternative communications channel in order to articulate expressions of collective issues, creates a new scene where users re-invent the prescribed industrial uses for mobile phones through the customization of protocols. Taking into consideration this disparity between the discourse of industry and the user-driven transformation of communication practices, a proposal of categorisation of the social uses of SMS will be presented using empirical data and evidence from the Spanish case, particularly analysing the protagonist role that mobiles and SMS played in the 11-M Madrid bombings of 2004.


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