Multimedia Use in a Sport Setting: Communication Technologies at Off-Track Betting Facilities

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Holly Kruse Rogers State University

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Although there is a growing body of research on public social practices related to the use of mobile phones, internet terminals, and laptops, there are few integrated analyses of the uses of multiple interactive technologies in public settings, and especially those involving sports. This article looks at one such space in which technology is embedded in a complicated network of social and economic relations: the screen dominated pari-mutuel horse race wagering facility. Specifically, the paper examines the relationship that built environments, public screen, and communication technologies have on social practices, and considers the juxtaposition of different places in the quotidian, and in a place of reflexive research practice.

Kruse is with the Department of Communications, Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma.

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