‘‘Just a second; I am on the mobile’’

Mobile penetration in everyday life has been in tandem with a new way of life, management of behavior and eye contact. It is the object and not the subject that stimulates the attention after the sound takes place. As a result, onlookers and eavesdroppers may watch the ongoing performance of the mobile in use. It is interesting then the ‘‘langscape’’ which appears. The mobile user excuses oneself by saying: ‘‘Just a second; I am on the mobile’’, like saying I am on the bus. The use of the medium considered as a place tends to reveal the potentiality of mobile phone as well as the virtual reality it fosters.

Anyway, not all people use it in the same way. According to the difference in use and how intimate the relationship with the mobile is, Dr. Sadie Plant[1] has come up to some interesting conclusions about mobile communication. When somebody uses the mobile ‘‘in the hedgehog way’’, it means that the mobile refers to a means of managing privacy, while ‘‘the fox way’’ underlines the central implementation of the mobile in order to manage an exciting but also somewhat chaotic life. However, this survey of Sadie Plant is significant so as to rethink the use of technology regarding the web of priorities and limits it creates. It is interesting to have a bi-psyche by using a mobile but when the latter does not ring, it may mean unprecedented loneliness for someone. Another issue is the outcome of ‘‘approximeeting’’ because due to the anytime feasible communication, the universal social excuse has come to the fore. As a result, it alters the way individuals trust each other by postponing appointments. They seem like reproducing Luis Buñuel (1972) and his movie ‘‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’’.

However, according to Sadie Plant, six are the mobile characters: the swift talker, the solitary owl, the calm dove, the chattering sparrow, the noisy starling and the flashy peacock. The swift talker cannot be without an active mobile phone; the solitary owl keeps telecommunications to a minimum and therefore sometimes hunts for its mobile in the depths of a pocket; the calm dove is a discreet and modest mobile user, quiet but also confident; the chattering sparrow is on the other hand lively, nervous and sociable; the noisy starling anyway seems to be aggressive and talks loudly. Last, the flashy peacock symbolizes the classic exhibitionist, proud and extrovert with the desire of possession regarding the latest design and glamour.

To sum up, mobile phone does not offer a dream for communication but leads to a post-communication through maximizing the short distance among others. The notion of ‘‘between’’ does not exist anymore given that the potentiality of the third person is present through an invisible voice coming from a visible device. Anyone is free to lead a mobile life and move from real present to the other conversational present. The question is: next, what?

[1] http://www.motorola.com/mot/doc/0/234_MotDoc.pdf 45-page text by Dr. Sadie Plant

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