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The Play of Internet Communication. Chapter 5 Shedletsky & Aitken Human Communication on the Internet . A STARTING POINT. The Internet can magnify, elaborate, and enhance certain elements of human communication; Play is one of those elements;

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the play of internet communication

The Play of Internet Communication

Chapter 5

Shedletsky & Aitken

Human Communication on the Internet

a starting point
A STARTING POINT
  • The Internet can magnify, elaborate, and enhance certain elements of human communication;
  • Play is one of those elements;
  • Play applies to all functions of the Internet, from entertainment to news, instruction and persuasion;
the internet and our minds
The Internet and Our Minds
  • The Web encourages us to think, use our imaginations;
  • New technology, the Web high on that list, facilitates our imaginative and playful thinking;
  • The Internet facilitates our pretending;
how the internet can intensify communication inter play
How the Internet can Intensify Communication (Inter)Play
  • Interplay is used to mean an interaction, which can be transformative, entertaining, interesting, or light-hearted;
  • Interplay is used to include play, to include the idea of feelings of pleasure as a motivator;
postulates of play on the internet
Postulates of Play on the Internet
  • Internet play is for itself. It serves internal goals;
  • Internet play co-exists inside and outside the scope of ordinary life;
  • Internet play operates without fixed boundaries of time and space, although the play may operate within Internet rules;
  • Internet play is pliable. The Internet play can

completely absorb the player or take on a life of its own;

play and identity
Play and Identity
  • Turkle (1995) writes about play as integral to the construction of identity on the Internet;
  • Play can have real effects on people in their real lives;
how does play function on the internet
How Does Play Function on the Internet
  • Seven types of play in Internet communication:
    • Imaginative play like a child
    • Identity role-playing
    • Interplay with the self or other
    • Play like actors in a play
    • Games for destruction
    • Playful work
    • The fun of something new
seven types of play in internet communication
Seven Types of Play in Internet Communication
  • Imaginative play like a child
    • Circulating humor, jokes, having fun, playing games;
  • Identity role-playing
    • Experimentation with the self, pretending, extending
  • Interplay with the self or other
    • Internet users approach their communication activity with a sense of playfulness
    • Users seek ways to use the Internet that are pleasureable
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Seven Types of Play in Internet Communication
  • Play like theater
    • Creation of an imaginary space in which people can pretend;
  • Games for destruction
    • Destructive activities on the Internet, such as gossip, transmission of viruses, stalking, violent videogames and terrorism;
seven types of play in internet communication10
Seven Types of Play in Internet Communication
  • Playful work
    • The Internet intensifies the juxtaposition of play and work;
    • Teachers use popular culture to make serious academic points;
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Seven Types of Play in Internet Communication
  • The fun of something new
    • Computer users experience a mix of frustration and fun;
    • Perhaps overcoming the frustration is what is so satisfying;
play vs lying
Play vs. Lying
  • Lying
    • Intending to communicate claims and the belief that the sender believes in what he/she is saying;
  • Playing
    • Intending for the receiver to believe that the sender does not believe in the claims he/she is making, that in fact they want the receiver to understand what is implied by this falsehood;
play of computer games
Play of Computer Games
  • The effect of playing computer video games:
    • Results are mixed;
  • People are playing many types of games online:
    • Casino games, fantasy football, trivia, solitaire, and others;
playful metaphors
Playful Metaphors
  • Discussion groups use metaphors to refer to activities they prefer not to state explicitly or activities they imagine;
  • The Internet itself is characterized in metaphorical terms, e.g., the information superhighway;
  • Metaphor, along with other elements of language, intensifies imagination and creativity, adding to the characteristic of play on the Internet;
internet and communication principles
Internet and Communication Principles
  • Internet communication is a process;
  • Adapting to the Internet will increase communication effectiveness;
  • Communication is irreversible;
  • Internet meanings are in people;
  • No one can experience totally effective communication on the Internet;