Technology-aided ubiquity and instantaneity have emerged as major goals of most information technology providers and of certain classes of users such as “road warriors”. New mobile technologies promise genie-in-a-bottle type near-magical qualities with anytime, anywhere access to information and services. While the complex science, systems, and economics of such technologies receive considerable attention from industry executives and researchers, the social and cultural aspects of these technologies attract less attention. This paper explores the oft-contradictory promises and pitfalls of anytime, anywhere technologies from a cultural standpoint. It makes suggestions for reinterpreting these technologies for greater human good.
Dholakia, Nikhilesh, and Detlev Zwick. "Cultural Contradictions of the Anytime, Anywhere Economy: Reframing Communication Technology." Telematics and Informatics, vol. 21, no. 2 (May 2004): 123-141.