Algorithmic control II: Hardware Platforms, Access Permissions and Ideologies of Control

Cell phones have changed how we communicate. Thanks to the iPhone in particular, media convergence has become ever-present than before and users can utilise different platforms on the one device more easily and conveniently. Phones are constantly getting developed and updated to fit with the needs and demands of consumers. There are pros and cons with phones (hence the use of fragmentation and the jitter effect) and there is always room for improvement. Phones have brought vibrance and ‘colour’ to life and have also exceeded expectations.

Due to how connected individuals are to the outside world now, the smartphone has become a convenient tool of showcasing ideas, spurring political movements and starting conversations. Smartphones have also increased the use social media (thanks to convergence). It can be used to promote conspiracy theories, organise campaigns and be used as a bludgeon against those that don’t accept the current political or social atmosphere on a specific subject, but this is more of an issue with individuals than technology, one that’s cumbersome to fix without a change in human behaviour. (Author unknown 2017)

Phones have drastically changed from the 20th century till current society:

  • 1972- arrival of the portable phone 
  • 1983- Dr Martin Cooper, Motorola (first mobilised cell phone) 
  • 1992- Nokia 1011 (first 2G phone) 

Meanwhile, the microcomputer comes kicking in…

  • 1975- Altair 8080 
  • Philips Illium Synergy 1997 
  • 2001 (first 3G networks in Japan and South Korea 
  • Palm Centro 2007 

“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in”. 

—Ed Collina on the rumours of an Apple phone, which was a revolutionary change for phones and employs the idea of convergence exceedingly well (maps, address book, games, clock etc.)

  • 2007- arrival of the first iPhone 
  • 2008- HTC Dream was the first Android phone 

The iPhone is arguably the most convinient and popular of all smartphones and sales increase day-by-day. It is basically competitive with Android phones.

There is ubiquitous connectivity thanks to the internet and smartphones. This means:  

  • Always on, always connected 
  • We are in the medium 
  • The internet is attached to us; we’re part of it.

4 thoughts on “Algorithmic control II: Hardware Platforms, Access Permissions and Ideologies of Control

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  1. Hey Aimee,

    Your timeline of cellphones is awesome, it’s crazy to see how far technology has come and what it was like back in the day. I love your discussion of convergence, it astounds me to think how much we use our smartphones on the daily. it makes you think I wonder what it will be like in 50+ years.

    Heres a clip I thought you might like that discusses the evolution of the telephone further 🙂

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    1. Hello Michelle,

      Thanks so much for your comment, it means a lot to me. You are absolutely right with what you’ve said regarding technology. It amazes and also scares me as to how far we’ve come. Technology, no matter when it was made, is always groundbreaking to me and it’s simply wonderful. I also wonder what the future holds for us with technology. And the video you sent me is incredible, thanks so much for sharing it!! ❤


  2. Hey Aimee, I have to say that you blog page is beautiful.Nowadays with the developed technology,the replacement of mobile phone are also becoming more and more faster.I like the way that you have show a couple of picture about the history of cell phone.When I compare the oldest phone to the phone that I use,I have to say that time goes fast.As you mentioned, we are in the medium and we also rely on Internet so much today.World is connected by Internet, and I really want to know the future, to see how much can technology and Internet changed our life.Good post !

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    1. Hey! Thanks so much for your comment, it means a lot to me! You are absolutely right with what you’ve said about the phone, internet and technology in general. Time goes by so quickly and there is more to be discovered.


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