I Spy… Gorillas and Trajectories

In BBC Focus, Christmas 2016

On p. 35 it is reported that coltan mining that make up smartphones in The Democratic Republic of Congo  is one of the major causes of the decline in lowland gorilla population, from 16,900 to 3,800.

Jay L. Lemke in his article Travels in Hypermodality notes that the way we read (whether online or in paper form) is not linear: we may look a term in the index to be referred to a specific page, be attracted by different fonts or keywords. It is then interesting to turn the page to find a double page spread titled ‘innovations’, and the sub title: All we want for Christmas. listing items such as.. well: smartphones.



Lemke, J.L. (2002) ‘Travels in hypermodality’, Visual Communication, 1(3), pp. 299–325. doi: 10.1177/147035720200100303.


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