Back to the roots? Emerging communication paradigms in the context of secondary orality Johanna Kollmann @johannakoll 30 O...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanjayausta/3345622099/ „ Orality   is the base of all human experience.“   Lance Strate
http://www.flickr.com/photos/josemota/3610060819/ Walter Ong  (1912 - 2003) „ After people learned to write, they continue...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanjayausta/3345622099/ „ Orality  is participatory, interactive, communal and  focused on th...
<ul><li>instantaneous </li></ul><ul><li>transcends the barriers of time and place </li></ul><ul><li>grounded in everyday l...
<ul><li>have been evolving  </li></ul><ul><li>from supporting written communication </li></ul><ul><li>towards enabling con...
Changing interfaces of communication tools  http://www.flickr.com/photos/taller/3873192274/
Changing interfaces of communication tools
Google Wave
„ Oral communication  unites  people in groups .“   Walter Ong http://www.flickr.com/photos/donncha/260452213/
„ Our age of secondary orality, because of its orality, makes us yearn for  interpersonal relationships . “   Walter Ong h...
Communication    Conversations     Collaboration http://www.flickr.com/photos//adamcharnock/3848547234/ Me     Us Yes, ...
Thank you [email_address] [email_address] @johannakoll
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Back to the Roots? Emerging Communication Paradigms in the Context of Secondary Orality

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I gave this talk at ecomm, Emerging Communications Conference & Awards, 2009 in Amsterdam
http://europe.ecomm.ec/2009

Orality, the most natural way for humans to communicate, is inclusive and participatory, highly interactive, and instantaneous. Back in 1982, Walter J. Ong coined the term 'secondary orality' - a way of interpersonal communication made possible by modern communication tools, that is neither classically oral nor literate. This talk will explore if and how digital communication tools are developing into communication enablers, allowing us to go back to our roots and engage in conversations instead of creating written correspondence. We will look at how different tools, such as email and chat, facilitate group communications, and how new tools such as Google Wave support our natural way of interacting with each other.

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Back to the Roots? Emerging Communication Paradigms in the Context of Secondary Orality

  1. 1. Back to the roots? Emerging communication paradigms in the context of secondary orality Johanna Kollmann @johannakoll 30 October 2009
  2. 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanjayausta/3345622099/ „ Orality is the base of all human experience.“ Lance Strate
  3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/josemota/3610060819/ Walter Ong (1912 - 2003) „ After people learned to write, they continued to talk, probably more than ever – they had more to say. But they did not talk the same way .“
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanjayausta/3345622099/ „ Orality is participatory, interactive, communal and focused on the present. The Web is all of these things .“ Irwin Chen
  5. 5. <ul><li>instantaneous </li></ul><ul><li>transcends the barriers of time and place </li></ul><ul><li>grounded in everyday life, empathic </li></ul><ul><li>facilitates development of communities </li></ul><ul><li>communal ownership of information </li></ul><ul><li>allows for knowledge to be preserved </li></ul><ul><li>stand alone texts, but potential for aggregation and linking material </li></ul>Secondary Orality
  6. 6. <ul><li>have been evolving </li></ul><ul><li>from supporting written communication </li></ul><ul><li>towards enabling conversations </li></ul><ul><li>showing more and more characteristics of secondary orality </li></ul>Digital communication tools
  7. 7. Changing interfaces of communication tools http://www.flickr.com/photos/taller/3873192274/
  8. 8. Changing interfaces of communication tools
  9. 9. Google Wave
  10. 10. „ Oral communication unites people in groups .“ Walter Ong http://www.flickr.com/photos/donncha/260452213/
  11. 11. „ Our age of secondary orality, because of its orality, makes us yearn for interpersonal relationships . “ Walter Ong http://www.flickr.com/photos//adamcharnock/3848547234/
  12. 12. Communication  Conversations  Collaboration http://www.flickr.com/photos//adamcharnock/3848547234/ Me  Us Yes, I care  Yes, I do
  13. 13. Thank you [email_address] [email_address] @johannakoll
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