Notes on Defining of Computer-Mediated Communicationby John December
If you think of Computer-Mediated Communication only in terms of technologies, you might conclude that CMC on the Internet involves only information exchange and retrieval.
But where would this view of CMC on the Internet get you? I say: Nowhere. You'd miss the bigger picture of CMC on the Internet and become baffled by its rising popularity.
If the Internet involves only data lookup, I'm in trouble. This means there's nothing profound happening online, and I should get out of the business of writing about the Net and researching how people use it. But I don't think that a technologically deterministic view of Internet-based CMC holds. I believe CMC operates within human contexts and is thus a rich forum for human communication and an inexhaustible source of interest for study.
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