Notes on Defining of Computer-Mediated
Communication, by John December
CMC Involves Processes
Online, people might:
- Create meaning
by writing email, posting articles to Usenet,
writing in real-time chat environments,
creating Web sites,
preparing multimedia files.
- Disseminate meaning through
point to point communication (email),
point to multipoint (Internet Relay Chat, email
lists, Usenet, Web sites),
and multipoint to multipoint (within email lists,
Chat, or IRC when many people are involved in
- Perceive meaning in text and multimedia
on Web sites, email, Usenet, etc.
- Continuously participate
in forums for communication that begin to exhibit
characteristics of community--including a
shared sense of purpose, norms for
behavior, and traditions.
The bottom line is that the activity that happens in
Internet-based CMC isn't a series of discrete events,
rather acts online have antecedents and
and take place within a context.