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The transformation of the mobile phone from a mere telecommunication device to a portable medium is a revolution: What are the cultural and social implications of this revolution and was it the product of our social needs?

The transformation of the mobile phone from a mere telecommunication device to a portable medium is a revolution: What are the cultural and social implications of this revolution and was it the product of our social needs?

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new media technologies, mobile media, mobile privatization,portable medium
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Published by: Musaab Mohamed Adam Osman on Nov 29, 2010
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Musaab Mohamed adam 30581155Hardip singh New Media TecMCC315 Analytical Report1 |Page 
The transformation of the mobile phone from a mere telecommunication device to a portablemedium is a revolution: What are the cultural and social implications of this revolution andwas it the product of our social needs?
The technologies we are using to access media are rapidly changing these days. A cell phonethat serves the basic function of receiving and sending voice calls isnt enough to keep abusiness man on the cutting edge in the business world. The ever increasing demand businesspeople have for new technology is allowing for a new breed of communication devices to bedeveloped. The process of convergence that led to the birth of smart phones has revolutionizedthe way individuals manage data, access the World Wide Web and organize their daily routine.This paper will shed light on societal and global implications of this portable medium thesecond part of the argument will delve accordingly, scrutinizing social trends associated withthe use of this powerful medium. In addition this paper will look into aspects that led to thesever dependency on smart phones in everyday life. The argument about the societal andglobal implications of this portable medium are discuss in terms of the multilayered interrelatedelements that created a medium that is redefining notions by means of reshaping our socialexperience and transforming the political landscape.
Introduction
 Mobile phones today serve a role greater than the conventional personal communicationsdevice we once knew. However the most important value that is directly shaping thedevelopment of communication discourse is the mobile access to media. In recent years wegrew accustomed to accessing a number of media in through portable device settings. These
 
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include cell phones, I pads, TVs in airplanes , and laptops , the reliance on WIFI hotspots and theexpectation of media access in public spaces is conditioned by the introduction of portablemedia devices in societies and the espousal of individuals to these new technologies.The habit and appetite for using smart phones as an entertainment device is a growing culturaltrend, we surpassed our basic need for communication, and we expect our cell phones toperform various functions that are beyond the capabilities early scientific supercomputers.The functions of the smart phone and its capabilities are expandable and customizableaccording to our individual needs, each and every smart phone owner will have different set of applications installed in order to increase functionality in his/her life the average teenageowner of a smart phone will not have the same preference for applications as a businessman, amember of the younger generation would purchase a smart phone based elements on howflashy look, however businessmen ideally will purchase a device that is upgradeable in latterstages in order to acclimatize to serving new functions.The accumulation of technological advances in computing and telecommunication science haveled to the birth of the smart phone, the mediums remarkable success is attributed to itshumble yet prevailing ability to exploit web 2.0 applications and its supremacy at utilizing theweb as portal adjacent to its compatibility to communicate by means of software languageabove the single device.
 
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roducing culture or switching roles.
 Ever since cell phones penetrated societies they became the topic of heated intellectualdebates and legal arguments that culminated in laws to regulate individuals behavior andusage of mobile media devices in certain situations. Accordingly laws prohibiting the use of cellphones while driving exist in many countries around the world.The invention of the smart phone made it safe to presume that the linier sender-receiver modelof communication that stresses one way message and passive audience is no longer relevant.Millions of individuals across the globe surfaced as producers and distributors of cultural mediaproducts. The magnificent smart phone facilitated with nothing more but a microchip, a build-incamera and its ability to connect to the internet is the ultimate producer of cultural mediaproducts.(Levingson, 2004) Argued that for the average person-that is, someone not working as aproducer in a media industry- the only media that could be used to create or initiateinformation were telephones, cameras including recently invented photocopiers. (p.22).Smartphones will forever change this notion today every smart phone owner is a possiblemedia producer.Furthermore the smart phone is an extremely powerful media and communication device forbrowsing the web, recording events sending, receiving e-mails or streaming live imagescaptured by the camera lens. Rafael argues that Cell phone users themselves becamebroadcasters, receiving and transmitting both news and gossip Indeed, one could imagineeach user becoming his or her own broadcasting station: a node in a wider network of 

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