In regards to Q1, I’d say that mobile media IS the most consequential media innovation in history. What the smartphone has done is make the impossible, possible. If you would have listed today’s characteristics of our cell phones to someone who lived in the 1980’s they would look at you like your nuts. Not only is can you listen to any song whenever you want to, but you can also know anything imaginable. If you want to know the state flower of North Dakota you have the ability to find out at the touch of a button. If you want to connect with someone who is on the other side of the world, you can do so with the touch of a button and messages can be sent to millions at an instantaneous rate. Two-way communication over the internet has evolved greatly because of the advancement of mobile communication. Social media has a lot to do with this as well, but the apps provided by social media platforms only enhance the mobile experience.
Q2 asks if it is the most consequential of any kind and in my opinion it doesn’t beat out the steam engine, wheel, or control of fire. I feel that what those three specifically bring that mobile media doesn’t is an easier way of living in terms of survival. Living in a world with a steam engine, wheel, or control of fire seems like a hard life. I feel those innovations added to the number of years that a human can live. While mobile media does make life much easier, it isn’t adding years to the life expectancy of the human population