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Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies$
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James E. Katz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113120.001.0001

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Mobile Multimedia: Uses and Social Consequences

Mobile Multimedia: Uses and Social Consequences

(p.241) 18 Mobile Multimedia: Uses and Social Consequences
Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Ilpo Koskinen

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the different categories of mobile multimedia, including mobile multimedia messages (MMS), moblogs, and mobile mass media, along with their uses and consequences. Studies in the chapter reveal that MMS are used mostly for sentimental purposes, are usually exchanged in a tight-knit social group, and can be used as a sociable channel within the group. Moblogging not only allows exchanges of photographs or videos among a group but also can be viewed by others having Internet connection, as these messages are available on the Web. The chapter discusses movies developed for viewing on mobile phones called micromovies, although these movies are only popular within a small group and are not commercially developed on a large scale.

Keywords:   mobile multimedia messages, moblogs, micromovies, social group, mobile mass media

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