The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone's Impact on Society by Rich Ling

By Rich Ling

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To the degree this happens, domestication “theory” loses some of its ability to describe the situation. Finally, domestication is not a theory. That is, it does not seem to provide us with provable hypotheses. Rather, it is more of a method or an approach to research. This said, domestication as an analytical perspective has several advantages over the alternatives noted earlier. When we think of the technical/social deterministic Methods and Data Sources 33 approaches, domestication has the advantage of not necessarily staking out a final position.

In this way, it is a pragmatic approach. It accepts the idea that technologies have effects on the organization of society and the notion that society forms technologies. The point is not to follow either the technical or the social deterministic approach to the bitter end, but rather to see how people make sense of the situation in which they find themselves. Finally, domestication avoids the narrowness of the affordances approach. Domestication looks at both the interaction between the individual and the artifact and the social context in which the artifacts are being defined and used.

5 Objectification describes how a particular object or service comes to play out our values and sense of aesthetic. This stage in the domestication process describes how we think through the way in which an object will fit into our world. At issue is what its placement, use, accessibility, time consumption, etc. say about us. The sense of objectification is that we somehow see that we are working out our identity through the ownership and consumption of a particular artifact. That is, we are involved in making manifest our sense of identity through an array of objects or services that are perhaps selectively used to engender a particular effect.

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