[Air-l] presence, telepresence research

Esther Milne emilne at groupwise.swin.edu.au
Wed Jan 8 20:31:11 PST 2003

hi all,

delurking to ask a research question. 

I'm interested in sources which discuss presence/telepresence with regard to online text based communication practices (email, in particular). most of the literature concentrates on presence in teleconferencing, VR, webcams etc (eg The Robot in the Garden, 2000) or, if it does look at electronic textual mediation it's often from the 'social presence' theoretical perspective which, while it needs to be noted, is not the speculative path i want to pursue. i'm also familiar with William Mitchell's formulation of the "economy of presence" - and would welcome discussions on this.

Presence is, of course, implicit in many of the discussions about subjectivity, supposed immediacy & transparency of the medium, but i wonder if anyone knows of any specific, cultural studies (whatever that is) or philosophy of technological approaches? Specifically, perhaps any that work within a Derridean framework?

thanks in advance - replies off list if that's better protocol and i'll post back any useful details.


Esther Milne
Lecturer in Media and Communications
School of Social & Behavioural Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology
John Street 
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Tel: +613 92148195
Fax: +613 98190574

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