Media Naturalness Theory

September 19th, 2009

Kock, Ned. “The Ape That Used Email: Understanding E-Communication Behavior through Evolution Theory.” Communications of AIS 5 3 (2001): 29.

In my last posts, I’ve discussed media richness theory and media synchronicity theory, the former being foundational for the latter. Another theory on communication, which stems as a response to (actually, an alternative to) media richness theory, is the media naturalness theory proposed by Ned Kock (2001). He details two problems with the media richness theory that make it insufficient. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Synchronicity Theory

September 17th, 2009

My last post discussed media richness theory. While it is not without worth for my research purposes, the theory is somewhat limited in ways that have been discussed by various authors, including Dennis and Valacich in their 1998 article, “Beyond Media Richness: An Empirical Test of Media Synchronicity Theory.” The authors define certain limitations and a lack of empirical support for media richness theory. They conclude that Read the rest of this entry »

Media Richness Theory

September 13th, 2009

During my TTU Presentation in May, Dr. Eaton noted that I ought to check out media richness theory, since I might find some hints at these terms I’m trying to define, such as what I know I was incorrectly calling “humanness” (watch for upcoming posts on new terms). I’ve looked into this theory and see how it fits in with what I am doing.
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Reading List – 1st Draft

September 10th, 2009

Here is the first draft of my reading list, submitted to my committee on 09.09.09. Please know that the formatting is Definitely a work-in-progress. Read the rest of this entry »

Publication: New Media in the Online Classroom

September 1st, 2009

An article I wrote over a year ago was published today in the Rocky Mountain Communication Review. While it was a rather lengthy gestation period from submission to publication, I am pleased to finally see it in print. It looks very good. Here it is in PDF form:

Barrow, Time. (2009) “New Media in the Online Classroom.” Rocky Mountain Communication Review V.6(1): 62-65.