Mobile phones and Mipoho's prophecy: The powers and dangers of flying language

@article{Mcintosh2010MobilePA,
  title={Mobile phones and Mipoho's prophecy: The powers and dangers of flying language},
  author={J. Mcintosh},
  journal={American Ethnologist},
  year={2010},
  volume={37},
  pages={337-353}
}
  • J. Mcintosh
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • American Ethnologist
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