Legends on the Net: An Examination of Computer-Mediated Communication as a Locus of Oral Culture

February 7th, 2010

Fernback, Jan. “Legends on the Net: An Examination of Computer-Mediated Communication as a Locus of Oral Culture.” New Media & Society 5 1 (2003): 29-45.

“The potential of the internet as an(sic) medium of orality is worth of scholarly reflection.” (pg. 30.).

This statement is unquestionably accurate. However, real-time textual chat modes–a medium the author selects as the data source for her scholarly reflection–do not constitute a form of orality. As I have argued a number of times, while such communication forms are highly conversational, they cannot be considered oral communication, since they are not oral. To claim such is to break with the structure that Walter Ong (who Fernback cites heavily in this article) put forth to explain the ways that orality and literacy interact and differ. I will acknowledge the root of her study, however, that the Internet is a place where cultural folklore can be passed on, a process that was traditionally transferred orally.

Fernback’s largely addresses the changes that can occur when a communication type traditionally delivered through one conversational mode is now remediated through a different communication mode. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

MEA Presentation June, 2009

June 29th, 2009

I’ve just posted a video of the presentation I gave in June for the MEA Conference.

Digital Orality and the Online Video Conversation:
Simulating Synchronicity and Preserving Humanness in Distance Communication


Here is the latest presentation. This was presented on June 19th at St. Louis University for the Tenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association. It was truly a great time. I met many people and heard some great talks. While along the lines of my larger topic, this presentation discusses the use of Seesmic in the online, asynchronous classroom. Seesmic offers immediate, ongoing conversations on virtually any topic. With its threaded, conversational videos, it offers conversing participants a more immediate, nearly seamless way to communicate that preserves much of the social presence of face-to-face dialogue and creates an almost synchronous exchange of ideas.

May 2009 Presentation at Texas Tech

May 17th, 2009

I’ve just posted a video of the presentation I gave at Texas Tech.

The Embedded Online Video Conversation:
Humanness and the Semi-Synchronous Situation in the Asynchronous Online Classroom

It discusses the use of Viddler in the online, asynchronous classroom, including an account of data collected through a student survey. This, is getting closer to my dissertation topic, but not quite exact.

Dissertation Topic – 01.09

February 3rd, 2009

While much of this may sound familiar, I am really fine-tuning the topic and have here added the beginnings of a (the?) research question. I welcome any feedback/questions, at this point. Read the rest of this entry »