31 October, 2020

‘The Cheap Mobile Is A Top-Five Invention’

The co-author of Cell Phone Nation looks at our smallest instrument of communication as it changes the way we live.

The Hindu
‘The Cheap Mobile Is A Top-Five Invention’
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Author of India’s Newspaper Revolution and now Cell Phone Nation (co-authored with Assa Doron), Robin Jeffrey, visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore, is no stranger to India. In an interview to Anuradha Raman, he looks at our smallest instrument of communication as it changes the way we live.

Since 2013 when Cell Phone Nation was published, what has changed in India?

The big change is the one now rolling out so rapidly: the arrival of cheap smartphones. It’s happening faster than most people guessed—a phone that can do almost everything for Rs 6,000. That’s bad news for print-on-paper, because all those newly literate and not-so-literate people who might have read newspapers will very soon be able to get all the information they want—with colour and movement—whenever they want it. Bandwidth and content will become crucial questions for people who sell telecom services or make...

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