Masthead CMC Magazine / February 1, 1996
  Shaping and Being Shaped, by Daniel Chandler

Toward a Perspective of Interacting Frames

All of these features--selectivity, transparency, transformation and resonance--are associated with every process of mediation. And such features and processes exist in dynamic interaction. Traditional academic disciplines attempt to fit the practices of everyday life into frameworks which are primarily sociocultural, psychological, linguistic or technological. But, against the tide of academic specialization, I would suggest that those who seek to explore processes of mediation should attempt to move as readily as possible between such interpretative frames.

Such frame shifting is essential for gaining insights into the "ecology" of processes of mediation in which we are all inextricably enmeshed--in which our behavior is not technologically determined, but in which we both "use tools" and can be subtly shaped by our use of them. --

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