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Syracuse University
Communication and Rhet Studies
CRS 181

CRS 181 Lecture 14 New MediaBackground New technology is always changing Language is always changing Before critiquing new communication media it is important to establish a baseline understanding of how they function There are many ways of gathering this informationDescription is situated within the cultural context of literacy and print culture Studies reported primarily involve college students in the United States 1 Baron uses both quantitative and qualitative methods 2 Baron is attentive to the fact that generalizations are not absolutesHuman Reactions to Technology Fear and apprehension tend to be followed by acceptance even eventual invisibility of the new technologyDomestication SilverstonHaddon 1996 as cited in Baron 2008 p3 This is the process of new devices becoming commonplace and everyday Questions We Will Explore 1 How do our experiences with communication technology affect our behaviors relationships and social norms 2 How are new forms of communication media affecting our communication landscape Baron p4 a Some issuesi EngagingAvoiding ii CreatingRecycling iii PrivacySafety iv Writing v HealthWellbeingVocabulary Netspeak Crystal 2001 the linguistic features characterizing the range of Internetbased language Baron p11CMC Computermediated communication ChatroomEmail discussionEME Electronicallymediated communication Barons preferred termTwo Dimensions of Electronic Communication Synchronicity 1 Synchronous VS Asynchronous a Texting VS emailAudience Scope 1 Onetoone VS onetomany a Can change the way of writing things OnetoOne OnetoMany Email texting Listservs Blogs YouTube Asynchronous Instant Messaging MUDs and MOOs Second Life SynchronousStatistics 1 Difficult to keep uptodate a Always Changing b Landline use declining in the US mobile phone use rising History of Academic Research 1 CMC Effect on language emoticons acronyms flaming etc 2 Email More like speech or writing 3 Email Effects on other forms of writing 4 Baron Social effects as a primary focus 5 Reflect on communication technology in your life Lecture 15 Language Control and FlexibilityControlling the Volume 1 We can turn up or turn down the amount of communication we are involved in whether it be in person or electronically Ways of ManagingControlling Interactions with Others 1 Access Increasing our changes of actually talking with particular people 2 Avoidance Ways we can avoid encounters 3 Manipulation Example Putting people on speakerphone forwarding emails etc a These are not unique to new media technologyMultitasking 1 Types a Cognitive Multitasking b Social Multitasking Multitasking with Technology From Barons studies and others 1 People are multitasking while using technology 2 When is it more difficult to multitask While talking facetoface While on the phone While online a One issue Synchronicity VS Asynchronicity Multitasking with Technology Some Issues 1 There are time pressures 2 Whats the affordance of the technology 3 Boredom Impatience 4 Different perceptions of IMtexting 5 Different perceptions of multitasking a What types of multitasking are appropriateEveryone is a Language Czar 1 We have so many channels of communication that we control 2 You decide how available or not you want to be
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