Friday, June 15, 2012

Spotted: first phone contact -- on Vanuatu.


Appreciating plei-plei around mobiles: playfulness in Rah island

Pedro Ferreira, Kristina Höök

We set out to explore and understand the ways in which mobiles made their way into an environment--Rah Island in Vanuatu--for the first time. We were struck by their playful use, especially given the very limited infrastructure and inexpensive devices that were available. Based on our findings, we discuss tensions between playfulness and utility, in particular relating to socio-economic benefits, and conclude that playfulness in these settings needs to be taken as seriously as in any other setting.

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