Telematics in the East End of London: new media as a cultural form

Wessels, B. (2000) Telematics in the East End of London: new media as a cultural form. New Media and Society, 2(4), pp. 427-444. (doi:10.1177/14614440022225896)

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A concept of the cultural form is used to analyse the development of community telematics services. The article is based on empirical research of the development of telematics in the East End of London. It is argued that the use and development of a technology expresses a social vision, creates a powerful symbol and engages us in a form of life. In the case of telematics this involves addressing a rethinking of citizenship along the lines of consumerism, and understanding how that interacts with the development of telematics in local contexts such as the East End. This grounds an understanding of the innovation of telematics in the material, social and cultural aspects of a cultural form, which in so doing helps to assess telematics' role and value in the contemporary public sphere.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This article is based on an ESRC funded PHD research project.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wessels, Professor Bridgette
Authors: Wessels, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:New Media and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7315

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