Mobile, Locative & Urban Media Ecologies: From utility to play
Mobile media and communication technologies have changed the way we communicate and interact with each other, navigate cities, understand places and locations.Mobile media have also blurred the so called public and private spaces unless the user carefully differentiate what can be put up in public and keep private.
Moreover, Narrative and locative media is used in various ways and for different purposes in a way it provides users with unique functional tools for different situations.
“From the creation of flash mobs in New York City with thousands of participants to the
Red Cross using text messages as a way to track down people in crisis after a natural disaster, our mobile phones are being used in an amazing number of ways.” Says Jason Farman, (Site-specificity, pervasive computing and the reading interface, p.3).
Mobile and locative media users affect content, location and places. Because users not only obtain massages but also create spaces and trails in the form of text messages, video, voice messages, pictures etc.In a way augment their experiences by geo-tagging through their mobile phones. For instance, citybeat provides urban narrative of real time experiences via social media platforms.
Location based services enables access to places specific locations. Mobile apps such as Foursquare allow people to discover and experience new places. Such mobile apps assist users learn and obtain information on places which provides potentiality to experience urban space.Mobile based media is already enhancing the way people navigate the urban environment.
Location based mobile games are specially designed to expose our experiences and social practices in cities where people lead isolated life among strangers. It also shows the way we behave and communicate with strangers.
Games such as zombies run and Parallel Kingdom explores the physical world as provided by google maps to explore and experience their neighborhood. Mobile and locative media has indeed changed the way people experience urban environment in a more efficient and practical ways.