[Air-L] in dis-praise of the Chronicle

Christopher Lueg Christopher.Lueg at utas.edu.au
Tue Jun 30 16:23:16 PDT 2009

On Tue, 30 Jun 2009, Barry Wellman wrote:

> Indeed, my hunch is that each communication form adds on to the other,
> rather than displacing it, which is why I never get much writing done
> (today's excusive, anyway).

A lot of journalists looking for a 'story' appear to miss the fact that 
'netizens' are fairly good at media-switching and using media that suit a 
particular purpose (which in a way is also the un*x philosophy). As you 
just mentioned there is a difference between what we try to communicate on 
tweets and on mailing lists (just to name these two). Those who know don't 
need a one-fits-all (in fact we value diversity).

I think it was Steve Whittaker who pointed out this kind of purpose-driven 
media switching when analyzing the emerging use of instant messengers in 
corporate settings some 10 years ago (happy to search for the paper if of 

best regards

Dr. Christopher Lueg
Professor of Computing
University of Tasmania
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Hobart TAS 7001, Australia
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