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Shin Mizukoshi - Mobility Shifts | The New School

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Published on Nov 17, 2011

The New School (http://www.newschool.edu) presents Shin Mizukoshi - Boring Big Class and Keitai: From Media Literacy to Mobile Storytelling a part of a panel on Learning with Mobile Media - a part of Mobility Shifts (http://mobilityshifts.org/) a panel on Digital Fluencies for the 21st Century

Around 2000, Japanese mobile industries released some of the earliest versions of mobile Internet services, which allowed people to access online applications such as games, music, ticket booking systems and books, and to also generate their own content. Within the next decade, mobile phone industries and users reciprocally developed a unique mobile phone culture, under the vertical integration of mobile carriers promoted as a governmental policy. Since then, there have been discussions about the media literacy for keitai ("mobile phone" in Japanese) in Japan. Most of them are protectionisms for children against keitai's harmful influence. Others are rosy techno-oriented perspectives admiring smart phones' innovation. However, they need more complex and fundamental examination to build up the mobile media literacy.
This keynote will examine the range of mobile media literacy by presenting programs on culture and literacy of keitai in Japan. Mizukoshi will discuss the possibilities and challenges of his keitai workshop, developed by his research project: "MoDe (Mobiling & Designing) Project."

Shin Mizukoshi is a professor of media studies, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (iii) at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Mizukoshi advocates "socio-media studies" based on historical and social perspectives, rather than focused on information technologies. One of his primary research activities, undertaken with his nationwide colleagues, was the MELL Project (Media Expression, Learning and Literacy Project), a practical studies on citizen's media expression and media literacy, and its successive organization: the MELL Platz. From 2004, Mizukoshi has launched the Mobiling & Designing Project (MoDe Project for short): the socio-media studies on designing mobile media culture and literacy.

Location: Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th St, 2nd floor - Thursday October 13th 2011, 5:30-7:00 pm

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