The Increasing sophistication of mobile media sharing in lower-middle-class Bangalore

Jacki O'Neill, Kentaro Toyama, Jay Chen, Berthel Tate, Aysha Siddique

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Abstract

During the first decade of the 21st century, the rise of mobile feature phones in India saw the development of both an economy of informal media exchange and a culture of active media sharing for entertainment. Mobile phone owners paid for pirated movies and music on the grey market, and they traded them with one another, even using poorly designed mechanisms such as Bluetooth file exchange. In this paper, we update what is known about the dynamic mobile media sharing culture through qualitative interviews conducted with low- And lower-middle-class participants in and around Bangalore. We find that with the increasing penetration of smartphones and data packs, media sharing has not only continued, but has blossomed into a rich and varied range of activity in which mobile owners display sophisticated knowledge and behaviors. Our participants deftly juggle multiple media devices, mobile handsets, SIM cards, storage devices, mobile applications, and cloud services as a way to navigate issues of cost, file size, data bandwidth, physical proximity, and social engagement styles. We consider our findings in the context of domestication and amplification theories of technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343060
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 3 2016
Event8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2016Jun 6 2016

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume03-06-June-2016

Other

Other8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period6/3/166/6/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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O'Neill, J., Toyama, K., Chen, J., Tate, B., & Siddique, A. (2016). The Increasing sophistication of mobile media sharing in lower-middle-class Bangalore. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016 [2909656] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. 03-06-June-2016). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2909609.2909656