Spring 2013 CMNS 130 Reading Questions Week 12

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Published on 18 Apr 2013
School
Simon Fraser University
Department
Communication
Course
CMNS 130
Flew, Terry, and Richard Smith. (2011) New Media: An Introduction
Study Questions
1. In what ways can mobile devices be seen as evolving along the path of earlier technological problems?
create increased (perhaps unnecessary) consumer demand
overdependence by users
2. How does the proliferation of mobile devices affect you personal, academic, and/or professional life?
health effects, disruptions of sleep patterns, contact with undesirable or inappropriate friends,
cheating on tests, and monetary expenses
3. What are your thoughts on the debate about whether or not dependence on mobile devices has
resulted in an unhealthy relationship to these technologies?
there has been an decreased boundary division between workplace and home life because
employees are expected to take their phone everywhere
over dependence and usage of mobile devices has lead to injury when people do not pay
attention to what they are doing because they are on their phones
4. Are you aware of ways in which mobile phones and networks, like many telecommunication
undertakings, are seen as part of the national interest of a country taking on a national character or
receiving special treatment within a home country?
Mobile networks are involved in multiple aspects of public safety and national defence
these networks are often regulated, employ large unionized workforces, with close ties to other
strategically important industries
5. What are the potential health, environmental, and social/cultural impacts of new technology?
Health
wireless and mobile devices are implicated to cause health concerns because of their
electromagnetic energy; has not been proven
use of mobile phones diverts attention from what the user is doing (ex: driving)
possible health risks from proximity to cell phone towers
Environment
erode aesthetic aspects
impact on wildlife (birds entangled in wires or distracted by flashing lights)
necessary electronic components are mined in conflict areas that violate human rights and
environmental regulation in mining processes
heavy carbon load from making and distributing electronics
cellphones have become a fashion statement, so are frequently replaced. increased
demand=increased production
recycling and disposal of electronics is dangerous work outsourced to developing countries. not
done properly or safely
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Document Summary

Flew, terry, and richard smith. (2011) new media: an introduction. In what ways can mobile devices be seen as evolving along the path of earlier technological problems? create increased (perhaps unnecessary) consumer demand. Wireless and mobile devices are implicated to cause health concerns because of their electromagnetic energy; has not been proven. Use of mobile phones diverts attention from what the user is doing (ex: driving) Possible health risks from proximity to cell phone towers. Necessary electronic components are mined in conflict areas that violate human rights and impact on wildlife (birds entangled in wires or distracted by flashing lights) environmental regulation in mining processes. Social/cultural impact on youth/youth culture: use it inappropriately or leads to injuries from misuse. More surveillance capabilities: parents on kids and government on public constant connection and surveillance from workplace can lead too less clear work/home boundaries: several aspects of telecommunications policy are discussed.

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