Saturday, June 03, 2006

My Happy iDog

Just back from Japan (more on that next time). I'm involved in an ESRC seminar series around play, creativity and digital cultures (next seminar is on the 5th July in Lincoln) and this little guy fits right in. He's the blue 'Happy Version' and I found him in Tokyo. He dances and demands attention and is generally very cute! I wanted one for xmas but it was worth the wait.

I also personalized my BlackBerry while I was there -- the lure of the racks and racks of phone decorations was too much to ignore! Also, one of the attractions of personal technologies is that we can personalize them. We add stickers, glitter, soft toys to mark them as unique and make them our own. It's an interesting phenomenon and one not to be ignored by researchers.

Christian - if you're reading this.....hello!


Kate said...

I think it is really interesting and I think we could do a really good research project on biographical tracings on mobile phone and other gadgets and link it to work in fashion and also cultural geography (my new discipline oh yes)
Sounds cool.

Mary Plain said...

you are going to bring your iDog and personalised Blackberry with you to Lincoln, aren't you? I want to see them and get really jealous!

Victoria Carrington said...

Kate, you're right about the cultural geography stuff. I have considered that I work in this field for a couple of years now. If literacy/text isn't about cultural geography, i don't know what it is!! This is a brilliant idea for a project, by the way! It would be soooo interesting. Let's talk about it in Lincoln??? I only want to do research that i am fascinated and consumed by from now on.

Hi Mary Plain - definitely the blackberry. i can't be separated from it! i would love to break out of my boring-ness and get really creative with the personalization. i guess this means that i have no personality to graft onto it?

Lots to talk about in Lincoln, i think.

Joolz said...

Agreed about cultural geography; although I have had the bad experience of being rejected by cultural geographers. I made the mistake of thinking that because I understand them, they would understand me. Not so. They did not 'get' literacy.

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