Idea development

I spoke to Alan and Mary today about my idea how it can be improved, if it is relevent and if it could be done within 2000 words. I first spoke to Alan on his own he suggested that my idea was a little ambitious and said to perhaps focus only on the design of the mobiles phones and how they are still similar/ different. I then spoke to Mary who said she thought my idea of interesting and would apply very well to the brief needless to say i was confused so mary and I went and spoke to Alan together so we could work it out.

Alan shared his conceners that i was starying away fromt the brief and instead of focusing on the mobile phones i was conecntration too much on soceity and the uses of mobiles phone when the breif requires me to compare two objects against each other. Mary was quick to agree after speaking with Alan however not with the idea of concentrating on design as it would be very dry instead to focus more on the phones and explore how they are used in certain situation such as the london riots vs. tottenham 1985 riots.

I have since sent my current version of the essay to Alan to read through so he can suggest any improvements or a suggested way to refocus the essay. I will await a reply and carry out suggested changes however i would like to carry on with my original idea but maby relating to the phones a lot more and the possiblities of how they can be used and how they are currently used.

I should continue to wokr on the essay and await response from Alan.


more online research

more online research i will be conducting more first hand research in the libary and will aim to hand out some questionaires to get people oppions on phones.

here are my research links:

Time magazine 50% of Americans have a smart phone:

time mag telecommunications fight back:

time mag smart phones used to organize attacks:,8599,2087337,00.html

time mag on the go entertainment with HBO,28804,2101344_2100600_2100605,00.html

total number of iphones sold

mobile phones used in 2010

mobile phone bullying article

iphone 4s size and weight:


This post will be dedicated to listing the websites I believe will be useful for my essay I also hope to come across some articles on time magazine and other magazines as well. Once I am back in uni I will also start research into books and magazines that are on the shelves.

Timeline of the history of Telecommunication:

this should be a good resource for getting the history of what lead up to the invention of the first cell phone


about the first cell phone:

this resource also should provide good information on the “retro brick” it is supposed to sell the phone however before that it informs you all about the phone including the inventor, company and developers.

Evolution of phones:

this goes from the first phone to the iphone might prove handy for other phones through the ages.


More info on the first phone:

This site is again selling the phone but also includes an original advertising campaign poster

Advertising campaign:

interesting campaign and a lot to talk about for the essay especially target audience.

Iphone 4s features apple website:

a quick summary loads there!

13 page review!!

need to say more?


More research is needed into actually articles about the use of phones in society there should be previous essays with similar themes also articles in magazines like time magazine.



Idea development

I have been researching into Telecommunication from the fist phone up until now with the smart phones. I was trying to decide whether I should compare the I phone to either telecommunication in the 1940’s or to the first cell phone. The reason I originally thought 1940’s was with the War I believed that this time period telecommunication would have been vital to the government and provided quick communication between the army also the first microwave communication was developed in this time more information found here….

A form of communication that uses the “line of sight method” to transfer data. I stared to research however after a very short period I ran out resources coming up empty on articles to do with the society’s use of the Telecommunication for the time period and also no articles on how the Army actually used the telecommunication’s. The other idea was to compare the first mobile phone with the I phone this was much easier to find resources on as it was considered a ground breaking moment in history there are plenty of articles, web sites and books which talk about this moment.

So I decided to discuss the first mobile phone the “Motorola DynaTAC 8000X” and the “I Phone” I hope to compare them technology wise but more importantly their role in society how they were used who owned them and why people think they are so important.

I will now start research and hope to get information about both of the phones so that when I start my essay I can go into it with a knowledge about the phones rather than learning about them as I write as this would impair my ability to write an essay in a logical and unbiased way

The Brief and Ideas

This brief requires us to produce a 2000 word essay comparing 2 media texts one historical and 1 contemporary discuss them compare whilst referencing to multiple sources and theories. If there are any links or key differences we must discuss them and why we think they are similar/different and always think what was going on in society at that time.

After reading through the brief I started to brainstorm ideas that came to mind. I started thinking what media texts there are and ones that I am interested in with so many mediums and ways of reading media text limiting them down to 2 would be a hard task however I came to an idea of mobile phones. I came to this idea whilst I saw someone texting using an application on a phone then continuing to take a picture and send it all whilst not actually using the Phone rather using the application on the phone known as “whatsap”. I started to think about the development within this cell phone world the first phone which only allowed 30 mins of talk time before having to be recharged for 10 hours and only had the function to store 30 dialing locations to the modern I phone which could easily be considered a media centre with access to the internet and an almost infinite resource of texts and applications. The I phone has a new use everyday with the development of applications for novelty and important uses from flashlight to media sharing.

I am fascinated by technology and its role in society how some people do it for a simple fashion statement to businessmen using it to run a full business on the move. I however I do not own a smart phone myself due to lack of interest in having one I have no desire to get it for a fashion statement and although application provide some sort of novelty value all I need to do is text and phone so I keep it simple and refuse to buy into an overpriced and glorified market of mass production.

My next step is to continue with the current ideas I am having I still am not sure on whether I should compare a new iphone to Telecommunication in the 1940’s or to the first cell phone. I think I should do research into both areas then decide dependent on what resources I actually find.