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The city of connections: urban social networking in Seoul

Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong (2008) The city of connections: urban social networking in Seoul. In MindTrek: 12th international conference on Entertainment and media in the ubiquitous era, October 7-9, 2008, Tampere, Finland.

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Abstract

This paper investigates intersections of youth, technology, and urban space in Seoul. It examines what the author calls 'transyouth': in the South Korean context, they are between the ages of 18 and 24, situated on the delicate border between digital natives and immigrants in Prensky's [22] terms. In the first section, the paper sets out the technosocial environment of contemporary Seoul. This is followed by a discussion of social networking processes derived from interviews conducted in 2007-8 with Seoul trans-youth about their 'lived experiences of the city.' Interviewees reported how they interact with and within the city's unique environment. The paper develops a theme of how technosocial convergence (re)creates urban environments and argues for a need to consider such user-driven spatial recreation in designing urban technosocial environments. This is explored in three spaces of different scales: Cyworld as an online social networking site; cocoon housing - a form of individual residential space which is growing rapidly in a number in Korean cities - as a private living space; and u-City as the future Seoul.

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ID Code: 15702
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Ubiquitous media, Social networking, Seoul, South Korea, Trans, youth, Urban Informatics, Convergence, u, City, Cocoon house, Cyworld
ISBN: 9781605581972
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2008 ACM 978-1-60558-197-2/08/10. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Proceedings MindTrek 2008, October 6–9, 2008, Tampere, FINLAND.
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:52

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