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Issue 4 • Date Dec 1994

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  • Nested dialogues

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 240 - 244
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    Kenneth Burke's New Rhetoric (1951) was meant to describe language as the basis of the interaction of individuals, objects, and courses of events in the human communication process. However, his theory can also be a useful rhetorical model to explain hypertext as a language event that relies on nested dialogues of visible text and invisible scripting. Moreover, Burke's belief that the purpose of d... View full abstract»

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  • The use of quoting to preserve context in electronic mail dialogues

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 197 - 202
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (2)
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    This paper reports a survey on how users maintain context in an electronic mail (e-mail) dialogue and, in particular, the use of quoting as a response strategy. The target group belonged to a community of experienced users of computer-mediated communication systems: readers of Usenet newsgroups. The results showed that quoting a message, i.e., including it in a comment or reply, was a widely used ... View full abstract»

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  • A different kind of forum: rethinking rhetorical strategies for electronic text media

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 213 - 217
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    Organizations such as universities and corporations are increasingly using electronic text media such as electronic mail and conferencing systems to communicate with associates. However, technical communicators currently have no rhetorical strategies to deal with these new and unfamiliar media; they must generate new strategies to communicate and persuade through electronic text. This paper discus... View full abstract»

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  • Multimethod approaches for the study of computer-mediated communication, equivocality, and media selection

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 231 - 239
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    This paper presents a longitudinal case study of the introduction of voice mail, applying media richness theory to develop and assess a set of 16 tasks with varying levels of equivocality, and to compare different media. Through t-tests, reliability, factor, and multidimensional scaling analyses, evaluation of task equivocality and voice mail is discussed and potential shortcomings of current appr... View full abstract»

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  • Electronic mail: legal and ethical concerns in the United States and Canada

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 218 - 225
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    This essay explores legal and ethical issues related to electronic mail (e-mail) systems in the United States and Canada. Among the recommendations made, based on analysis of actual cases, are: better education in computer-telecommunications technologies should be provided for government officials to enable them to make and uphold appropriate laws concerning electronic mail; clear published polici... View full abstract»

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  • Reflections on computer-mediated architectural design

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 226 - 230
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    The application of computer tools to mediating and promoting collaborative design efforts between mutually distant parties has become feasible. Technology is again ahead of practice, and problems of assimilation have only begun to be explored. This paper postulates the requirements of environments for computer-mediated collaborative design in architectural practice, drawing upon experiences of des... View full abstract»

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  • Stylistic guidelines for e-mail

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 207 - 212
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    E-mail style has received little attention from corporations and other institutions. The absence of stylistic guidelines may create problems: communicating inappropriately with some audiences, losing sight of the message purpose, or wasting company resources in other ways. To solve such problems, technical communicators can use their unique abilities to promote e-mail formats that consider the str... View full abstract»

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  • Empty pathways: faculty use of computer-mediated communication

    Publication Year: 1994 , Page(s): 203 - 206
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    The availability of computers to university faculty members and the capability of those computer systems have increased exponentially over the past several years; however, many faculty still do not use the technology. The extent of diffusion of the capabilities of computer-mediated communication (CMC) among faculty is a core issue. This paper surveys literature on CMC with regard to diffusion of t... View full abstract»

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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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