Mobile phones and service stations: Rumour, risk and precaution

Burgess, Adam (2007) Mobile phones and service stations: Rumour, risk and precaution. Diogenes, 54 (1). pp. 125-139. ISSN 0392-1921 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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: 13 May 2014 13:48
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