PsychNology Journal, Volume 5, Number 2, 165 – 195

A First-time Wireless Internet Connection: More Than Just Clicking on a Link

Dimitri Voilmy
GET / Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications – Equipe Deixis – Sophia Antipolis (FRANCE)

Karine Lan Hing Ting
GET / Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications – Equipe Deixis – Sophia Antipolis (FRANCE)

 

ABSTRACT

In the context of understanding the particular use made of nomad Internet and mobile computing in its interactional dimension, this article examines the detail of a first-time connection to the university’s Wi-Fi network. Through video ethnography, we analyse the collaborative talk as work between two participants in a public place and finely examine their use of artefacts and distributed information in the accomplishment of connection activities. Both their speech and their actions have been transcribed using the conventions of Conversation Analysis. We therefore follow the connection procedure step by step and demonstrate how handling computerized artefacts is not transparent and requires a certain degree of learning concerning this particular communicative and working tool.

 

KEYWORDS

Video ethnography, situated action, human computer interactions, cooperative activities, nomad Internet, ubiquitous computing.

CITE AS

Voilmy, D., Lan Hing Ting, C. (2007). A First-time Wireless Internet Connection: More Than Just Clicking on a Link. PsychNology Journal, 5(2), 165 - 195. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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