SEMINAR QUESTIONS 3
There has been an increase in the use of mobile phones in almost every aspect of people’s lives. Of particular note is the fact that phones have come with numerous functionalities unlike in the past when they only had messaging and calling capabilities. Unlike the past, citizens usually take videos and pictures of events occurring in public places rather than becoming part of those events. Many are the times when such occurrences are posted on social media, still through the phones.
Mobile phones played different roles in varied episodes outlined. In the case of the tsunami, mobile phones were used for taking pictures, calling and texting home, as well as locating survivors. Similarly, mobile phones were used in the London bombings to take images. These images may have been deficient of expertise but had poignancy and immediacy, in which case media houses used them to enhance the coverage of that event. The case of SARs in China was different as phones were used to state the official view as a result of government censorship.
The four negotiation processes for passengers in public transport includes evaluation of one’s private nook in the public sphere, overt and covert coordination with individuals inside and outside the vehicle, consider the dangers and security afforded to them by the mobile phones, and the management of conversations across cellular and real realities in the larger public sphere the metropolis.
It is unacceptable to use mobile phones in churches, classes or even when having a meeting with someone. Not only would it be disruptive but also shows disrespect to the other person or persons. I often switch off my phone or at least put in on silent mode so that it does not irritate the other parties. I can always call back or reach out to the people who tried to call me after such meetings are over.