Petter Bae Brandtzaeg
When I began this essay, the coronavirus crisis had not yet reached Europe and the U.S. However, the topic—the ways in which mobile media is changing people's lives and the social cohesion of urban life—has become increasingly relevant in the time of Covid-19 and social distancing. Even before the pandemic, most of us had been dependent upon mobile devices to keep in touch for some time. Many of us have a smartphone in our hand and earbuds in our ears as a default mode while walking the streets or taking the subway. Such habits mean there is much less…
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