ATTW Conference Presentation Proposal

October 24th, 2008

Here is the proposal I am submitting for the 2009 ATTW Conference:

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The Social/Rhetorical/Epistemic Situation of Audio-Visual Discussion

October 17th, 2008

This post is in response to This comment, which essentially inquires as to the way in which elements of primary AND which elements of secondary orality play into:

  • Orally-based web 2.0 technologies;
  • Interpersonal relationships and the associated oral communication patterns;
  • People in front of the radio or around an orator versus the experience of having those relationships in a virtual environment;
  • Orality and epistemology; and
  • Oral communicative patterns.

Additionally, the comment acknowledges the freedom podcasts [and related audio-visual discussions] grant us in terms of when/where (portability) and inquires as to how such technologies meet the innate need to set new knowledge into social context.
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Audio-Visual Discussions

October 15th, 2008

In response to This comment, I’m not fully comfortable with “Video Chat,” which seems to suggest conversations generally formed of quick snippets of thought that are conversational and not fully thought-out before presentation. I’d prefer a title like “video discussion” or “audio-visual discussion.” [NOTE: While a google search of “visual discussion” revealing 3750 hits, shows I did not coin this term, it is a term I have not previously heard. Therefore, I will research how other people are using the term and will likely present a follow-up post with my findings.] This point is really about this concept that adding a video comment to an online video allows the commenter to more fully form his or her thoughts, just as one can do in a written comment.
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Semi-Synchronous Communication: Adding Notes in Viddler.

October 11th, 2008

Last week, I was discussing with someone the ability one has to add textual comments (annotations) to the timeline of online videos, such as in YouTube and Viddler. In this way, one is commenting textually at certain points in the timeline of the video. This is rather exciting, since it breaks a limitation of annotating video/audio.
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Bridging the Social Gap of Instant Messaging

October 9th, 2008

In response to Are these media the ‘fitting response’ to an oral communicative exigence, that now gets expressed textually? Is this the answer to bridging geographic distance textually but using rules clearly based in orality, afforded by the new technologies?

I took this to refer to bridging the situation that since you are not right in front of the individual(s) with whom you are communicating, there are spans of “silence” during which the other person does not know what you are doing.
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