Digital Essay 2 Prompt, Groups 1 and 2

Review expectations for the Digital Essay assignment here.

Discuss the relationship between mobile technologies and either social interaction or identity. In doing so explain the arguments of at least two authors listed below in your own words and make connections between them (either explain how their arguments are similar or different). Connect their arguments and your own to at least one mobile app or technology (either one we have read about for class or one you find on your own). Be sure to explain how that app/technology can shape, display, or inform social interaction or identity.

Be sure to explain how the authors make their argument, the sort of evidence used, etc. Illustrate the arguments with links, videos or images (this is required for full credit). Remember that you are not simply summarizing the readings; you should critically analyze them. Make note of both what authors are arguing 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 (April 6, 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 ( There are APA style rules for citing apps, which can be found here.

Change the category of your posted essay to: Digital Essay


  1. Ling, Rich and Donner, Jonathan. (2009). Mobile Communication. Malden, MA: Polity Press. Chapter 5. P. 107-133
  2. Turkle, Sherry. (2008). “Always-On/Always-On-You: The Tethered Self.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 121-137.
  3. Humphreys, Lee. (2012). “Connecting, Coordinating, Cataloguing: Communicative Practices on Mobile Social Networks,” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56:4, 494-510
  4. Katz, James E., Lever, Katie M., and Chen, Yi-Fan. (2008). “Mobile Music as Environmental Control and Prosocial Entertainment.” In Katz, J. E. (Ed.). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. P. 367-376
  5. Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everyday life. London: Routledge. Chapter 3, 41-62.
  6. Katz, James E. and Sugiyama, Satomi. (2006). “Mobile phones as fashion statements: evidence from student surveys in the US and Japan.” New Media & Society. 8(2): P. 321-337
  7. Rashi, Tsuriel. (2013). “The kosher cell phone in ultra-orthodox society.” In Campbell, H. (Ed.) Digital Religion: Understanding religious practice in new media worlds. London: Routledge. P. 173-198.
  8. Ganito, Carla. (2010). “Women on the move: the mobile phone as a gender technology.” In Comunicação & Cultura, 9, p. 77-88.

This is due by 11pm, April 6


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