Friday, March 10, 2006
a tiny thread on synchronicity.
that's it, really. adopt my jargon now.
So what is prototypically asynchronous? email? that's what first came to my brain, whihch is admitedly on spring break right now and thus a little sluggish.
SPRING BREAK ISN'T FOR TWO WEEKS HERE. gah.
1. does the language forms/discourse structure have anything to do with this synchronous/asynchronous designation?
2. are forms typically associated with asynchronous imported to synchronous when the proto-asynchronous is acting synchronously? (are the forms a product of the medium or the way the medium is being used)?
2) this could certainly be a factor in the language change just mentioned, but from what i've seen, i think a medium's prototypical synchronicity is what influences the language used within much more than a shift in the functional synchronicity.
i <3 talking synchronicity.
i'm not sure i understand what you're saying here (you and your damn jargon). what's functional synchronicity and how is it different than prototypical synchronicity? is functional synchronicity how the medium is actually being used? (so rapid fire emails back and forth would have a functional synchronicity somewhere between synch and asynch?)
i'm trying to pick up on kris's diagramm idea. i think that we could put async and sync on two ends of a continuum and then try to plot (based on some scale) where different actual occurances occur. the scale would have to be based on a list of characteristics that describe prototypical usage.
These variables could be things like: 1) use of non-standard forms and emoticons, 2) use of the subject line in emails, and 3) use of a signature (and possibly double signing your name). the scale would also have to incorporate the quantity and intensity of use.
if some kind of methodology could be worked out to place all CMC in a relative position to other CMC, i think we could gather some pretty convincing evidence about the relationship between lots of things. of interest to me would be the relationship between use of standard forms and their correlation to points on the continuum.