Digital Essay 1 Prompt, Groups 3 and 4

Review expectations for the Digital Essay assignment here

Using the collaborative timeline in the google doc produced in class on 1/29 (link at the end of this post) and the readings from that week, construct a brief history of mobile technologies. In doing so, use the readings in the list below connect that history to either accessibility or surveillance concerns in mobile media and communication. Be sure to tie into your discussion the  argument of at least one of the readings listed at the end of this prompt. In the process, explain the author’s arguments in your own words. Be sure to explain how the author makes the argument, the sort of evidence used, etc. Critically analyze their argument as you explain it.

Illustrate the argument with links, videos or images (this is required for full credit). Remember that you are not simply summarizing the reading; you should critically analyze it. Make note of both what author argues and how they are making their points. Consider how they are useful and what their limitations might be. The post, excluding works cited, must be a minimum of 800 words.

These will be graded for attentiveness to assignment instructions and requirements, clarity, grammar, and use of course materials. You are required to submit your blog by the deadline (February 23, 11pm). I will not accept late assignments. You are required to properly cite everything you use in your blog posts and include a works cited list for all sources (including links, images, and videos) at the end using APA style (

Change the category of your posted essay to: Digital Essay


  1. Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everyday life. London: Routledge. Chapter 5, p. 89-103.
  2. Donner, Jonathan. (2008). “Shrinking Fourth World?” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 29-42
  3. Chipchase, Jan. (2008). “Reducing Illiteracy as a Barrier to Mobile Communication.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 79-89
  4. Humphreys, Lee. (2010). Who’s watching whom? A study of interactive technology and surveillance. Journal of Communication. 61(4). P. 575-595
  5. Marwick, Alice. (2012). “Public Domain: Surveillance in everyday life.” Surveillance & Society. 9(4): 378-393.

This is due by 11pm, February 23.

** Clarification: The timeline you construct need only relate to the article you are analyzing.


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