On Location: Socio-locative Broadcasting as Situated Rhetorical Action

On Location: Socio-locative Broadcasting as Situated Rhetorical Action

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Today new hardware such as mobile handheld devices and digital cameras, new online social venues such as social networking, microblogging, and online photo sharing sites, and new infrastructures such as the global position system (GPS) are beginning to converge in ways that affect how individuals express their relationships to one another as well as to their environment. The rise in all things geographic---from cartographic representations of news stories to automated alerts for nearby friends and businesses---coupled with an existing set of social networking models has produced a new array of socio-locative frameworks and inspired a host of new 'socio-locative' practices. This dissertation examines one of these practices---socio-locative broadcasting---as a form of situated rhetorical action. Building on ethnographic data from interviews and collected artifacts, my analysis suggests that individuals' inclusion of location references when microblogging (Twitter and Jaiku) or sharing photographs online (Flickr) constitutes three distinguishable genres of communication: one, citizen and proxy microbroadcasting, in which broadcasters inform community members of timely, salient place-related information within a shared geographical context; two, documentary broadcasting, in which broadcasters curate lasting descriptions and commentaries about a location for a public audience; and three, 'self-in-place' broadcasting , in which broadcasters seek to augment their identity (both in the present and in the future) by explicitly associating themselves before an audience with a specific location. In turn, the evocation of these genres by broadcasters substantiates a set of new spatial logics: citizen and proxy broadcasters appear to conceive of space as a hybrid home territory across virtual and physical dimensions; documentary broadcasters associate spatial coordinates with the unique identifiers of a database; and self-in-place broadcasters conceptualize location references as momentary mirrors and perpetual pensieves. This research introduces the construct of 'socio-locative' practice to discussions within new media, organization studies, science and technologies studies, and ubiquitous computing research and expands extant knowledge of the ways that technology mediation can influence social and spatial interaction.is nonetheless expected, as a potential genre, to be executable from any location , fixed or otherwise. Emergent Socio-locative Broadcast Genre Model The vagueness of the analytically-derived purpose above suggests that the identification ofanbsp;...

Title:On Location: Socio-locative Broadcasting as Situated Rhetorical Action
Author:Ingrid Marlies Erickson
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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