How are we to make sense of the iPhone? It has been called a transformative networked multimedia platform; a fetishised consumer brand; a superlative innovation by a genius inventor; the ruination of solitude; and the emblem of a radical shift in the relationship between those who produce media (including news and games) and those who consume it. Is that all it is? A recent book Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media edited by Pelle Snickars and Patrick Vonderau raises some interesting comments, and if we move beyond brand fetishisation and a myopic Western gaze, we might see a bigger picture of how the smartphone is changing human lives.
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