[Air-l] Internet Modes of Experience
amarkham at uic.edu
Thu Dec 19 04:52:01 PST 2002
Your question is a good one:
I am guessing that because of
>these technological developments more people are
>perceiving the Internet as a place or a state of
Has the perception of the medium
>begun to change due to technological developments that
>have increased accessibility ?
I don't have the answer, but it raises interesting discussion. My early
morning thoughts drift this way: The cause/effect is not easily determined.
One's perception of the medium as Tool or Place or Way of Being may be due to
the technology, or it may be due to the interactions/relationships that
develop, or it may be due to a combination of both and other factors.
The typically academic thought, "it depends" pops into my head. If the
technology one uses is apparent or present, one's experience of the medium
will be different than for someone for whom the technology is transparent.
And the technology may be more *present* in some contexts versus others; take
for example students in online classes who might find internet technologies
completely transparent in their everyday conversations with friends, but when
they perceive the context to be a classroom, find the technology rushing into
the foreground, interfering with their ability to communicate.
One's experience depends on the frame of reference, the context, and multiple
other factors.....from my perspective, it is impossible to generalize the
experiential frame or the causal agent for current frames. Having said that,
I believe it's still useful to ask the question.
What is the context in which you're thinking about the shift in access and
associated perception of the medium?
Annette N. Markham, Ph.D.
Department of Communication (M/C 132)
1007 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7137
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