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I have spent some time with the Shedletsky and Aitken text already. The authors take 2 chapters to tell the reader this text is about paradoxes in computer mediated communication!  The main argument I pulled out was from page 27, “Internet doesn’t change the fact you communicate, but enhances or intensifies certain ways that you communicate.”

A look at some relationships around me shows this to be true.  For example, my father recently married a woman he met via the internet.  I imagine, given the short timeline that their courtship took from meeting to marriage that the internet *really* intensified the process.

I like the Wood and Smith text!  Its loaded with information and very satisfying! I have double the notes from chapter one than chapters 1 and 2 of the other text.  I like the discussion into early philosophy with Socrates and Plato.  

And we can’t begin a class like computer mediated communication without mentioning McLuhan’s  “Global Village.”  (Hilarious!)

We all have shared experiences.  Just mention 9/11 and I remember  watching CNN coverage in my 2nd period french class in high school. I had spent first period out on the practice field for marching band.  I can even remember the way the sun created shadows on the grass and walking into my classroom without a clue as to what was going on.  Everyone in the classroom was in some state of “what is going on?”  I don’t think any of use really knew what to make of it…

Wilbur’s argument that “the web may be the product of ethereal contact, people still find their lives affected by their encounters in cyberspace,”  is one that people need to be more aware of.  Employees are finding that their drunk pictures on facebook are being looked at by their bosses.  Or even worse, journalists!  As an assignment editor, there were many occasions when I searched social networking sites (even blackworld) to find a picture of a victim of a homicide, car accident or other crime…Using facebook, we found friends or even family to talk to.  We tell them we want to do a good story about the person, that we don’t want them to just be known as the victim of a crime but rather a loving family member and real person…

I definitely like the Online Communication book better!


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