Internet, Society and Culture: Communicative Practices Before and After the Internet
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The internet has changed the way we communicate and so changed society and culture. Internet, Society, and Culture offers an understanding of this change by examining two case studies of pre and post internet communication. The first case study is of letters sent to and from Australia in 1835-1858 and the second is a study of online gaming. In both case studies, the focus is on the ways communication is created. The result is the definition of two types of communication that are lived simultaneously in the twenty-first century. One type of communication is from before the internet and relies on the body having touched and created a message-for example, by attaching signature-to stabilise the nature of sender, message and receiver. Internet-dependant communication is different because no identity-marker can be trusted on the internet and so individuals' styles of communicating are used to stabilise the transmission of messages. Being after the internet means having to live these two contradictory forms of communication.
when, for example, someone returned to Great Britain and was able to pass on first-hand news and reports of those still in the colony. Letters from the period 1788 until 1872 (when Australia was linked to the United Kingdom by telegraph) were not only physically at a distance but they were also temporally distant, emphasizing that they travelled between two faces that were no longer visible to each other. One of the series of letters that will be discussed below was written by settler Henry
to the most soulful and distressing accounts of death in the bush and of genocide. Such a mix is appropriate to examining communicative practices as it offers a range of types of communication, hoping to find what is common between them. To keep a broad track of the differences between types of letters, they were designated in four categories; personal, business, personal and business or state. Each letter was read, with nearly all letters being handled in the original, this was an important
that writers and readers were able to assume the date of the letter from the postmark from when it is sent, after all with folded letters the postmark would always be present, unlike with envelopes when the letter might be retained and the envelope with the postmark discarded. Similarly, stating where the letter was written from was not a routine practice. Again, letters variably stated locations, though with no clear pattern of stating where the writer’s location was, but this appeared to be
what it means to be a reader, writer, message and means of messaging for all the participants in the moment. This clashing results from the nature of the two communicative practices because they invert each other and produce transmission in different ways. While research suggests that many people find it irritating to have their face-to-face interaction trumped by a mobile-phone call, these results tend to focus on the fact of interruption and the increased chances of such interruptions with
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