Information and Communication and Domestication

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The information and communication that is readily available within the home due to Domestication adds an extra dimension to our everyday lives, in that the family life becomes “fractured” (Silverstone, 2006, P241) through this new kind of public culture.

Lynn Schofield Clark tells of how Silverstone, Hirsch, and Morely were the first to introduce the concept of the moral economy of the household. They did this through the study of television, deducing that “the moral economy refers to the capacity of households actively to engage with the products and meanings of the public, formal, commodity and individual-based economy and to produce something of their own as a result of that engagement.” (Clark, 2014, P5)

Clark argues that the function of media in regards to the moral economy of the household involves the “cultural and economic functions of contemporary families” (Clark, 2014, P6) where media, such as Television can arise conversation within the home about the “larger public realm” and away from the conventional family unit, essentially a symptom of fragmentation that Domestication brings to the contemporary technology equipped household. Therefore we must find a “domestic coherence” as Silverstone suggests. (Silverstone, 2006, P237)

Clark characterises media as an organising force through domestication, referencing a study by Barry Wellman that documented how “family members increasingly employ mobile media to foster connectedness and to stay in touch with one another throughout the day.” (Clark, 2014, P7)

Clark sees the moral economy as useful to understanding contemporary media, and divides it into three parts. First she argues it is inconceivable to consider a...

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...Lynn Schofield Clark. 2014. Mobile Media and the Emotional and Moral Economies of the Household. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 April 14].

Y. Lee et all. 2009. Domestication of Technology Theory: Conceptual Framework of User Experience. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 April 14].

Journal Article

Bertel, T.F, 2013. Mobile Communication in the Age of Smartphones. Processes of Domestication and Re-domestication , 1, 122.

Palakeel, J, 2011. Theology and the technologies of communication. Media Development, 1, 32-37.

Conference Paper

Haddon, L, (2001). Domestication and Mobile Telephony. In Machines that Become Us. New Jersey, US, 18th-19th April 2001 . London School of Economics: The European Network. 13.
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