The mobile phone, like many other innovations, came into existence with a strict association to its land line predecessor. But it became something completely different and altered our ideas about space, reality, and the virtual. It transformed our idea of virtual reality. (De Souza e Silva, Ito)
Despite the differences, societal ideas and cultural standards continue to cling on from the previous technology. New rules and norms are emerging slowly as a result. (Plant) This can get in the way of reinventing and repurposing technology.
Through reinventing and repurposing the mobile phone and through these new viewpoints of inquiry we will slowly shift away from traditional views of telephony, creating more possibilities for telephony, and redefining the social and psychological associations.
The seemingly instantaneous and organic emergence of new internationally recognizable gestural and text languages calls for a reevaluation of the significance of this new technology. This research is only the beginning of studying and attempting to identify the effects that mobility and connectivity have already had on our lives.
All of the authors I have discussed called for more research and for new methods and terminology in studies of language, ethnography, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and social psychology. (De Souza e Silva, Plant, Ito, McGuigan)