Monday, November 12, 2007
also bringing us back to the anderson... "at its most utopian, the fetish of communication suggested the possibility of dissolving, however provisionally, existing class divisions." according to this article, flilipinos imagined cell phone technology as the "weapon" of revolution that brought would bring about a new "horizontal" community. vicente rafael makes it pretty clear that cell phone use was crucial in creating an imagined community where people sent numerous text messages to each other in a space-less "crowd." this takes me back to our keenan readings. i think its interesting to compare and contrast the humanitarian activist movements through media technologies and the revolution in the philippines with cell phones. what made one work while the other didnt? are the two technologies even comparable in their ability to stimulate action?