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Introduction: Mobile phones and the social order

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His past responsibilities included Director of the University of Erfurt, Germany, and Professor for Communication Sciences; Professor for Media Ecology and Communication Culture at the Ludwig—Maximilian University Munich. He was member of the German Bundestag (Parliament) and Federal Manager of the Social Democratic Party. Amongst many other books, his publications include Die beschleunigte Gesellschaft: Kulturkämpfe im digitalen Kapitalismus (1999), Von Analog nach Digital: Unsere Gesellschaft auf dem Weg zur digitalen Kultur (2000), and, together with Robin Meyer-Lucht, Online gegen Print: Zeitung und Zeitschrift im Wandel (2004). Glotz passed away in 2005.

His latest research focused on tendencies and prospects within the mobile media culture. He is founder of, a research-based consultancy specialising in understanding social and cultural processes. Current interests include poststructuralist theory, semiotics and cultural theory.

Chris Locke started his career as an academic, eventually becoming the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London, UK. He then moved into the internet and telecoms industries as a strategist, and has held senior roles at companies such as the Virgin Group, Freeserve, Hutchison 3G and T-Mobile International. He is currently working for AOL. He has a MA in Critical Theory from the University of Sussex, and his published works include ‘Digital Memory and the Problem of Forgetting’ in Susannah Radstone (Ed.), Memory and Methodology (2000). He can be contacted via

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Glotz, P., Bertschi, S. & Locke, C. Introduction: Mobile phones and the social order. Know Techn Pol 19, 3–7 (2006).

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