The Wired Body and Event Construction: Mobile Technologies and the Technological Gaze
Mobility and convergence of technologies have celebrated the wired body as a site for private consumption of music, media and simulated realities. The trends towards personalisation of mobile technologies is implicating the individual body as a collaborator in the creation of media events where the personal gaze of the consumer is contributing to the visual narratives of global and local events. This co-optation of the mediated mobile body as part of the media gaze has initiated new media rituals in constructing event-driven news. This paper examines the personal gaze in the political economy of events construction and the notion of post-surveillance society where mobile bodies become new sites for personal and collective technological gaze into society on an everyday basis.
Keywords: Mobile Technologies, Surveillance, Convergence, ICTs, Body, Event Creation
Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim
Senior Lecturer, Media and Information Studies, University of Brighton