Burgess, A. (2007) Mobile phones and service stations: Rumour, risk and precaution. Diogenes, 54 (1). pp. 125-139. ISSN 0392-1921 .
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This paper considers the implications of precautionary restrictions against technologies, in the context of the potential for creating and sustaining rumours. It focuses on the restriction against mobile phone use at petrol stations, based on the rumour that a spark might cause an explosion. Rumours have been substantiated by precautionary usage warnings from mobile phone manufacturers, petrol station usage restrictions, and a general lack of technical understanding. Petrol station employees have themselves spread the rumour about alleged incidents, filling the information gap about the basis for the restriction.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology|
|Depositing User:||Suzanne Duffy|
|Date Deposited:||31 Mar 2008 13:19|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:07|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2514 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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