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Supporting the Shared Experience of Spectators through Mobile Group Media

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Association for Computing Machinery


Interesting characteristics of large-scale events are their spatial distribution, their extended duration over days, and the fact that they are set apart from daily life. The increasing pervasiveness of computational media encourages us to investigate such unexplored domains, especially when thinking of applications for spectator groups. Here we report of a field study on two groups of rally spectators who were equipped with multimedia phones, and we present a novel mobile group media application called mGroup that supports groups in creating and sharing experiences. Particularly, we look at the possibilities of and boundary conditions for computer applications posed by our findings on group identity and formation, group awareness and coordination, the meaningful construction of an event experience and its grounding in the event context, the shared context and discourses, protagonism and active spectatorship. Moreover, we aim at providing a new perspective on spectatorship at large scale events, which can make research and development more aware of the socio-cultural dimension.


Jacucci, Giulio; Oulasvirta, Antti; Salovaara, Antti; Sarvas, Risto (2005): Supporting the Shared Experience of Spectators through Mobile Group Media. Proceedings of the 2005 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/1099203.1099241. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 207–216. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA