Social Media Research
Communication technology and theory: Research into the interpersonal and social interface
Summary: The symbolic interactionism of Erving Goffman provided a powerful and illuminating encyclopedia of what "happens" during face to face social encounters. He was particularly insightful in his analysis of the handling requirements of social occasions, most of which he described as various forms of talk. What then does online talk look like? How does it refer to face to face talk? How does it reshape it? What is left outside the frame of talk, and how well does talk function when embodied interaction is impossible?
Synchronous communication technology: Connection
- Communication is iteration. Say again?
- Framing interactions, or "where are you?"
- Who's on the other end of the line?
- Frequency of interaction counts
Communication technology creates intermittence