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Friday, November 8, 2013

Mediated Communication Theory

Electronically Mediated Communication does make it possible to develop, maintain and even flourish in interpersonal communication

It can also mean that we need to be more on guard to those who are not honest, who are not skilled in communication, who may mislead, who may misunderstand our messages and who may not fully understand our communications.

Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is defined as any communicative transaction that occurs through the use of two or more networked computers.[1] While the term has traditionallyreferred to those communications that occur via computer-mediated formats (e.g., instant messagese-mailschat rooms), it has also been applied to other forms of text-based interaction such astext messaging.[2] Research on CMC focuses largely on the social effects of different computer-supported communication technologies. Many recent studies involve Internet-based social networking supported by social software. (Wikepedia, click here for more).

Hyperpersonal communications are relationships formed primarily through Electronically Mediated Communications (EMC). They are often more personal and intimate than equivalent face to face communications. There is a lack of external distracting cues and an over dependence of just a few cues (those that are inherent in the type of media used), often a lack the qualifying sensual input of in person communication, and lack of qualifying cues that exist in in-person personal communication. The volume of communication about the other party, and the volume and depth of communication cues are far less than in person communication. The amount less and nature of the cues depend on the form of mediated communication involved.

Emotional expression is the communication of emotions, both intentional and unintentional.  Mediated communication can limit what may be perhaps one of the most important elements of interpersonal communication, the conveyance of emotion and emotional subtext. The depth and quality of a communication depends on the cues and media elements present in the communication.

Media Richness suggest the richness of the communication channel depends on 1) the amount of feedback the communicator receives. 2) the number and nature of the cues that the channel can convey. 3) the number and nature of the cues the receiver can translate. 4) the variety of language that a communicator can use and 5) the potential for conveying emotion and feelings.

The immediacy of mediated communication may have led to a decline in in-person non-mediated interpersonal and group communication. As technology rushes toward the rapid transmission of information the convenience and timing of in-person communication may lead to information leaking through other media before a message can be delivered on a one to one or small group basis.

Social information processing theory suggest that we can communicate accurate, rational and emotional messages via media, including the Internet. It may take longer or a special effort for accurate communications to occur. The lack of a full spectrum of sensory reception requires additional efforts to ensure the accuracy of your message and that all aspects of the message, including emotion if needed, are communicated properly.There is a tendency to not compensate for tone, intent and other cues needed for the full communication of a concept or idea.

To pursue further studies:

Examination of theory and research on the nature and effects of mediated communication processes, and the social, cultural, economic, and political impact of communication technology.
  • Explain and articulate modern communication phenomenon in terms of advanced communication theories.
  • Utilize theories of mediated communication to postulate hypotheses regarding the expected effects of new technology on communication processes.
  • Have a deeper awareness of the degree to which technology impacts the construction and organization of modern society, both positively and negatively
  • Apply what you’ve learned to your lived experiences with various forms of media.
  • Develop intellectual agility with “big ideas” and abstract theoretical concepts, particularly extending and applying concepts in contemporary settings

Mediated Communication Studies:

Computer mediated communication theories and phenomena ...

Mediated Communication in Couple Relationships: Approaches for ...


Jake Von Goldberg said...

I personally feel that Electronically Mediated Communication has put a burden on Interpersonal Communication. Most corporations do not host interviews face to face but now rely on you answering the questions on an electronic form. I believe this allows for people to base their answers off internet research and not personal experience. Personality cannot be expressed fully through EMC because in text people can only read the print of the text and not the spirit of the text. I also feel one of the most overlooked factors with EMC and how it applies to American ran corporations is language proficiency. Many times I have needed to be transferred to an operator and once on the line with them I felt the need for a translator. With those experiences I have pondered on how they received that job and I believe it is because EMC and how corporations are relying more and more on technology for processes that require Interpersonal Communication.

Anonymous said...

I love interacting with live people and I think it is a shame that we are losing this skill in our society. Yes, it is possible to convey messages via CMC, but for me it is not as fulfilling.

S. Hayes PTA

Anonymous said...

Mediated communication can be cumbersome as I like to text and but it seems the correct emotions don't always come across to convey the meqning of the text. Text can be taken out of context and you should rely more on direct speaking on a one to one level.

K186T said...

I feel that with the new technology its hard to do a lot of things now of days, for example going into a company and applying for a job face to face. Applications are done over the Internet and it seems as if no jopbs calls anyone back anymore for interviews.