II. Nature of the Medium
- Class session 2 (31 Jan)--Homework 1 due.
- Winner, L. (1986). The whale and the reactor. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press. Chapters 1 and 2: pp. 3 - 39.
- McLuhan, M. (1964). Understanding media.New York: McGraw
Hill. pp. 3-21, pp. 77-105, pp. 346-359.
- Tuman, M. Chapter 1: pp. 1 - 22.
- Poole, G. A. (1993, December). It's crunch time in cyberspace.
What kind of medium is this?
- Class sessions
- 3 (7 Feb) -- Homework 2 due;
- 4 (14 Feb) -- Homework 3 due;
- 5 (23 Feb) -- Homework 4 due;
- 6 (28 Feb) -- Paper due:
What has the literature
NOT told us about the nature of communication in a computer-
mediated communication context? Write a paper that presents a
researchable question or hypothesis about the medium of CMC or
discourse taking place on it and that describes how you'd go
about exploring/testing it.
Nature of the text
- Heim, M. (1987).
Electric language. New Haven: Yale University
Press. Chapter 7: pp. 192-224.
- Tuman, M., Chapters 2 and 3: pp. 23 - 80.
- Wilkins, H. (1991).
Computer talk: Long-distance conversations
by computer. Written Communication, 8, 56-78.
- Ferrara, K., Brunner, H., & Whittemore, G. (1991).
Interactive written discourses as an emergent register.
Written Communication, 8, 8-34.
Nature of CMC relationships
Siegel, J. Dubrovsky, V. Kiesler, S., & McGuire, T. W. (1986).
Group processes in computer-mediated communication.
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes , 37,
Trevino, L. K., Lengel, R. H., & Daft, R. L. (1987). Media
symbolism, media richness, and media choice in
organizations. Communication Research , 14, 553-574.
Schmitz, J., & Fulk, J. (1991). Organizational colleagues, media
richness, and electronic mail: A test of the social
influence model of technology use. Communication Research,
Fulk, J., Schmitz, J.A., & Schwarz, D. (1992). The dynamics of
context-behavior interactions in computer-mediated
communication. In M. Lea (Ed.) Contexts of
computer-mediated communication (pp. 7--29). London:
Lea, M., O'Shea, T., Fung, P., & Spears, R. (1992). Flaming in
computer mediated communication. In M. Lea (Ed.) Contexts
of computer-mediated communication (pp. 89-112). London:
Walther, J. (1992). Interpersonal effects in computer-mediated
interaction: A relational perspective. Communication
Research, 19, 52-90.
How to use the medium in research
- Short presentation and discussion.
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