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Gerard Goggin: “Have Fun and Change the World”: Moblogging, Mobile Phone Culture and the Internet

Gerard Goggin is an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, researching mobile phone culture and regulation (g.goggin[at];;

He is editor of Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia (University of NSW Press, 2004), and is writing a book on mobile phone culture (Routledge, 2006). Gerard has also published widely on disability and new media, including the co-authored Digital Disability: The Social Construction of Disability in New Media (with Christopher Newell; Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and a forthcoming co-edited special issue of Information, Communication and Society entitled ‘Disability, Identity and Interdependence’.

“Have Fun and Change the World”: Moblogging, Mobile Phone Culture and the Internet

Gerard Goggin
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland


In only a few years moblogging — or the use of mobile (cell) phones with weblogs — has become a richly creative set of practices. It also carries with it a series of meanings and visions, ranging from new possibilities for representing and participating in microspheres of everyday life through to large, utopian claims. In this paper, I discuss moblogging as a significant and emergent trend, not only within blogging itself, but as a harbinger of the convergence between mobile devices and the Internet.

Firstly, I review the history of moblogging, how it has developed, and what it has come to signify. Secondly, I look at an important Australian moment in the reception of moblogging, namely the Cab Blog. Thirdly, I consider Nokia’s creative seizing of moblogging with their LifeBlog product. In conclusion, I consider the implications of moblogging so far for what has been called the mobile Internet.

[Read the complete paper (.doc)]


  1. James there seems to be an issue with the full version of this paper.

    Comment by Michael Specht (subscribed to comments) — 18/5/2005 @ 2:05 pm

  2. Thanks for the heads up michale, fixed now.

    Comment by James — 18/5/2005 @ 2:26 pm

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