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Book Excerpt: Rich Ling's "The Mobile Connection" (08 Sep 2005)
I am honored to have an excerpt of my book "The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone's Impact on Society" be published in Ubiquity. I hope that it will give a large number of people the chance to become familiar with the growing scholarship on the social consequences of mobile communication. Ubiquity is ironically enough appropriate for an examination of mobile communication. The device is seemingly ubiquitous in its diffusion and in its role as the Swiss army knife of personal technologies. In some portions of the population access to mobile communication is ubiquitous. Data from Norway, for example, shows that literally all teens over 16 have a mobile phone. The trend is the same for other parts of the world. Indeed in Africa the diffusion of mobile telephony is surprising even the most jaded commentators.
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