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From Windscreen to Widescreen: Screening Technologies and Mobile Communication

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Abstract:

This article suggests that studies of mobile media need to be more attentive to the history of screening technologies. The development of screening technologies is examined by identifying six characteristics—storage and access, interactivity, mobility, control, informationalization, and convergence/translation—through the context of automobility. A brief history of the informationalization of driving, mobile entertainment in the car, and networked automobiles is used to exemplify how screening technologies work. The article concludes by arguing that the development of screening technologies is central to understanding the processes through which conduct is increasingly organized, monitored, and governed. Supplementary materials are available for this article. Go to the publisher's online edition of The Communication Review for the following free supplemental resources: Historic illustrations of how media were made mobile.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2010.525478

Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 2: Doctoral Candidate, Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media Program, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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