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Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience

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This innovative study opens up a new area in sociological and urban studies: the aural experience of the social, mediated through mobile technologies of communication.

Whilst we live in a world dominated by visual epistemologies of urban experience, Michael Bull argues that it is not surprising that the Apple iPod, a sound based technology, is the first consumer cultural ic

Paperback, 180 pages
Published December 13th 2007 by Routledge (first published January 30th 2007)
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The book took me months to read because it's so densely academic. Those without a background in cultural and sociological theory will probably have similar experiences. That said, I found Bull's research to be fascinating, and it's one of the most substantial studies of the cultural impact the iPod has had. The excerpts he includes from the interviews he conducted help to balance out the theoretical sections. I used a section of this with a class of freshmen during a unit where we were discussin ...more
Paul Chavez
A bit too academic and monolithic, but I got a new perspective on the iPod and how people use it.
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