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Re: E-Mail: A Thin Communication Medium?
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0024.  Tuesday, 11 January 1994.
 
From:           Hope A. Greenberg <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Jan 1994 10:08:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0014 Re: E-Mail: A Thin Communication Medium?
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0014 Re: E-Mail: A Thin Communication Medium?
 
Granted, face to face communication or even written communication in a
shared and understood community context allows those who are
communicating to convey subtleties that seem to be lacking in e-mail.
However, there seems to be another facet to e-mail that no one has
mentioned and so I'd like to ask whether this is simply my own
perception or whether it does indeed reflect communication *over the wires*:
 
Not only does e-mail seem to be easily misinterpreted, it seems to be
misinterpreted negatively. Several people in this forum have mentioned
that SHAKSPER doesn't suffer the flames that many other groups do. That
implies that other groups do suffer from this--and I would obviously
agree. Does e-mail lend itself to caustic or defensive interpretation
leading to aggresive response? If so, why? And if so, what are the
pedagogical implications? Is it the nature of this particular beastie or a
reflection of our own general culture?
 
Questions relating to this medium, how we use it and how it alters us,
fascinate me and I hope no one minds their being posted to this forum. Any
comments?
 
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Hope Greenberg

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