Mood and Mobility: Navigating the Emotional Spaces of Digital Social Networks

Mood and Mobility: Navigating the Emotional Spaces of Digital Social Networks

by Richard Coyne

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Overview

An argument that as we engage with social media on our digital devices we receive, modify, intensify, and transmit moods.

We are active with our mobile devices; we play games, watch films, listen to music, check social media, and tap screens and keyboards while we are on the move. In Mood and Mobility , Richard Coyne argues that not only do we communicate, process information, and entertain ourselves through devices and social media; we also receive, modify, intensify, and transmit moods. Designers, practitioners, educators, researchers, and users should pay more attention to the moods created around our smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Drawing on research from a range of disciplines, including experimental psychology, phenomenology, cultural theory, and architecture, Coyne shows that users of social media are not simply passive receivers of moods; they are complicit in making moods. Devoting each chapter to a particular mood—from curiosity and pleasure to anxiety and melancholy—Coyne shows that devices and technologies do affect people's moods, although not always directly. He shows that mood effects are transitional; different moods suit different occasions, and derive character from emotional shifts. Furthermore, moods are active; we enlist all the resources of human sociability to create moods. And finally, the discourse about mood is deeply reflexive; in a kind of meta-moodiness, we talk about our moods and have feelings about them. Mood, in Coyne's distinctive telling, provides a new way to look at the ever-changing world of ubiquitous digital technologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262029759
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Coyne is Professor and Chair of Architectural Computing at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of four other books published by the MIT Press, including The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media .

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 What Is a Mood? 19

2 Moved by the Mob 43

3 Captivated by Curiosity 69

4 Piqued by Pleasure 91

5 Addicted to Vertigo 113

6 Enveloped in Haze 135

7 Intoxicated by Color 157

8 Haunted by Media 183

9 Gripped by Suspense 203

10 Fogged by Ignorance 227

11 Aroused by Machines 251

Epilogue: From Head to World 275

Notes 279

Bibliography 327

Index 359

What People are Saying About This

Albert Borgmann

We're going through a radical cultural transformation. But how can we hope to take its measure? With admirable circumspection and a fine sense of order, Richard Coyne has surveyed the technological culture, and he teaches us to see it through the lens of mood, that remarkable attunement humans have to the world entire.

From the Publisher

We're going through a radical cultural transformation. But how can we hope to take its measure? With admirable circumspection and a fine sense of order, Richard Coyne has surveyed the technological culture, and he teaches us to see it through the lens of mood, that remarkable attunement humans have to the world entire.

Albert Borgmann , author of Real American Ethics

A highly original work, Richard Coyne's Mood and Mobility is a major contribution to the contemporary discussion of digital technology and its social implications. Addressing a topic that has been largely neglected up until now, Coyne explores key aspects of our contemporary experience of digital media as it relates to emotional space in a way that is both accessible and relevant across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

Jeff Malpas , Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia

Endorsement

A highly original work, Richard Coyne's Mood and Mobility is a major contribution to the contemporary discussion of digital technology and its social implications. Addressing a topic that has been largely neglected up until now, Coyne explores key aspects of our contemporary experience of digital media as it relates to emotional space in a way that is both accessible and relevant across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia

Jeff Malpas

A highly original work, Richard Coyne's Mood and Mobility is a major contribution to the contemporary discussion of digital technology and its social implications. Addressing a topic that has been largely neglected up until now, Coyne explores key aspects of our contemporary experience of digital media as it relates to emotional space in a way that is both accessible and relevant across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

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