Cyberculture – Interactivity

September 15th, 2010

Lévy, Pierre. Cyberculture. Electronic Mediations, V. 4. Minneapolis, Minn.; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

‘In this brief chapter, Lévy address the topic of interactivity, including the problem of defining it, and the various levels of interactivity. For example, even an individual seated on a c ouch, watching television is interacting with that medium to a certain extent. To help measure the degree of interactivity of a device, Lévy suggests that a significant factor one can look to the possibility of material reappropriation and recombination of the message by a receiver. For example, a relatively low-interactivity device like the television could have that level increased with particular changes.

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Cyberculture – Dimensions of Communication

September 13th, 2010

Lévy, Pierre. Cyberculture. Electronic Mediations, V. 4. Minneapolis, Minn.; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

Having had varying amounts of confusion defining certain elements and categorizations of the online video conversation (OVC), such as whether it is a medium, a method of communication, a genre, etc., I have found in Cyberculture an excellent approach to splitting and defining some of the terms I have used in the past. I’ve listed Lévy’s definitions (from Table 1 on page 46) below and placed the OVC within them.

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Interpersonal Communication

March 21st, 2010


Junghyun Kim, citing (Cathcart & Gumpert, 1983), defines Interpersonal communication as:
[A] dyadic(sic) interaction that takes the form of verbal and nonverbal exchanges between two (or a small group of) individuals, consciously aware of each other, usually interacting in the same time and space. Through interpersonal communication, people maintain and adjust their self-image, relate to others, cooperate in decision-making, or accomplish tasks together.

This definition favors FtF communication as the highest form of personal interaction over other communication forms in that it occurs in real-time, in a single location, between two or more individuals relating to, and working with, others. I’d like to extend this definition to include Read the rest of this entry »

Communication Genre

March 17th, 2010


A communication genre is a communication form that is adopted by a formal or informal community that use the communication medium in a similar way for a similar purpose. A new genre is generally based on one or more existing genres that are modified, repurposed, and/or remediated, often from the adoption of a new medium.

Social Information Processing Perspective (SIPP)

March 15th, 2010

Kim, Junghyun. “Interpersonal Interaction in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) : Exploratory Qualitative Research based on Critical Review of the Existing Theories” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003.

Yet another theory Junghyun Kim discusses in his 2003 article.

Created by J.B. Walther (1992), this theory exemplifies Kim’s Personal Interaction Perspective, stating that, “CMC is no less personal than FtF communication, given sufficient time for message exchange and interpersonal relationship development.” (Kim 8). However, there does not seem to be a clear standard for what constitutes “sufficient time.” Therefore, while this theory seeks to measure interaction by time and rate of messages exchanged, the concepts are too vague to really apply them to experiments.

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