Discussions on interactivity, heightened means
of connectivity and containment of smart phones
seem to be one of the other areas that are still in
need of further elaboration. As mobile media become
more and more essential tools of daily life
practices, they also become more integrated into
individual and collective existences, and social,
cultural and political struggles. While the role of
mobile phones in the particular organizations of
political demonstrations, smart mobs, or broader
crowd forming practices and its effectiveness for
enhancing social cohesion have been well covered
both empirically and theoretically, the ritualized
practices of mobile phone as a political and cultural
medium on the everyday life requires further
research. Studies on mobile technologies in various
spaces, including those on or about marginalized
ones that pay sustained attention to the sociotechnical
contexts which alter class structures
and identity formation tools, as well as to the
fluid performance of technologies, will produce
a nuanced understanding of why and how billions
of people around the world become attached to
these technologies. In this vein, a particularly
interesting yet underexplored terrain is that of the
potential shifts in the nature of these attachments,
as mobile technologies become closer and closer
to users’ bodies, thanks to the developments in the
wearable technologies domain, which, we believe,
will be among the pillars of the main problematic
of the next generation of mobile media studies.