The case of the e-tuktuk
This paper presents the 'e-tuktuk' as an instance of innovative use of new mobile technology in the historical, social, political and cultural context of the Kothmale region of Sri Lanka. We argue that it is this particular context that allows the e-tuktuk to exist as a meaningful set of social behaviours in this place, and that the culturally significant and symbolic notion of reaching out to villages is of particular importance in this mobile example of technological diffusion. In doing so we will necessarily be simplifying the 'almost unbelievable complexity that is involved in virtually any link between human technological forms and human culture' (Pfaffenberger 1988:244). The main aim of this paper is to indicate some of that complexity in the case of the e-tuktuk, and the necessity of considering this involvedness in any scholarly exercise that attempts to understand a new (or old for that matter) technology as it is used and thus made meaningful
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||In a special issue 'Wireless Cultures and Technologies'|
|Subjects:||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 > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 (The authors)|
|Deposited On:||10 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 13:40|
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