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Framing the discourses of harm and loss: a case study of power relations, mobile phones, and children in Australia

Weerakkody, Niranjala 2007, Framing the discourses of harm and loss: a case study of power relations, mobile phones, and children in Australia, in ANZCA2007 Conference Proceedings. Framing the discourses of harm and loss, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, New Zealand, pp. 1-15.

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Title Framing the discourses of harm and loss: a case study of power relations, mobile phones, and children in Australia
Author(s) Weerakkody, Niranjala
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Conference.
Conference location LaTrobe University Melbourne
Conference dates 5th - 6th July 2007
Title of proceedings ANZCA2007 Conference Proceedings. Framing the discourses of harm and loss
Editor(s) Tebbutt, John
Publication date 2007
Series PANDORA electronic collection
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
Place of publication New Zealand
Summary The current penetration of mobile phones in Australia is 92% and it records one of the world’s highest rates of ownership among children under 18. The paper reviews the literature on mobile phones and Australian children and examines the various discourses dominating the public debates; the systematic frames used in these discourses; and whose interests are served in the process. The frames discussed fall under the optimistic (gains); pessimistic (losses, costs or harms); pluralistic (technology per se is neutral but how it is used matters); historical development (skills learnt and the importance of using mobiles); futuristic predictions (promises and dangers for the future); current uses (connectivity, convergence and interactivity); and the techno-realist view (as a mixed blessing) views of technology. Taking the critical perspective and borrowing from Joshua Meyrowitz, the paper illustrates how mobile phones have eroded parental power over how, when, where and with whom their children communicate, surpassing adult supervision, intervention or knowledge, while at the same time, becoming a ‘digital leash’ for parents to re-establish their control an d an ‘umbilical cord’ for their off spring to remain connect! ed with parents, at all times.
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Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007, ANZCA
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008235

Document type: Conference Paper
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