Being Available and Reachable – are we fighting more

Are we fighting more because of technology? 

Does connectivity lead to conflict?

In his new book Being Available and Reachable – New Media and Cameroonian Transnational Sociality writer Primus M. Tazanu investigates what have become of Cameroonian transnational family and friendship ties in the age of the mobile phone and the internet that make people readily available and reachable.

Most theoretical literature states that these tools of sociality cement transnational social relationships through instantaneous interaction. He argues that it is mainly the migrants who maintain or are expected to maintain ties with non-migrants back in Cameroon through calls and material support. The main finding of the study is that cell phones and the internet have facilitated discontents, grudges, insults, fights, avoidance, arguments and estrangement of relationships much more than they have contributed to binding friends or families through direct mediation.

The finding is a call for the cultural background and life-world experiences of media users to be taken into consideration when theorising the significance of information technology in the debate on media globalisation.

We investigate the myth of connectivity and migrations.

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