The digital mundane, social media and the military

Maltby, Sarah and Thornham, Helen (2016) The digital mundane, social media and the military. Media, Culture and Society, 38 (8). pp. 1153-1168. ISSN 0163-4437

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Abstract

This article draws on empirical data with British military personnel in order to investigate what we call the digital mundane in military life. We argue that social media and smartphone technologies within the military offer a unique environment in which to investigate the ways individual’s position themselves within certain axes of institutional and cultural identities. At the same time, the convolutions, mediatory practices, and mundane social media rituals that service personnel employ through their smartphones resonates widely with, for example, youth culture, digital mobile cultures. Together they suggest complex mediations with social and mobile media, that draws on, and extends non-military practice into new (and increasingly normative) terrains.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Digital, sociotechnical, social media, military, gender, mobile culture
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Sarah Maltby
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 12:45
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 12:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59831

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Defence, Uncertainty, Now Media (DUN): Mappin Social Media in Strategic CommunicationsG1223ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/K011170/1