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Dimensions of Communication :

"All the communication technologies we use -- telephones, newspapers, radio, IM, e-mail, mailing lists, TV, books -- are mired in historical cruft that keeps us from seeing clearly what to build next. It is useful to go to first principles, then reexamine whatever communication task you have at hand. So let me suggest the following basic dimensions of communication:"

somewhat relatedly in an obtuse kind of way, is steven johnson's write-up on carrying on two simultaneous group conversations with the same group:

"There's wi-fi in the room, and as people talk and give informal presentations, there's a simultaneous chat going on, restricted solely to the people in the room. The chat is being projected onto a flat screen visible to everyone, so the ten people or so who aren't participating in it can follow the threads as well."

"It was a pretty intoxicating mix -- carrying on two simultaneous group conversations with the same group. You felt like you were pulling down a lot of data: the real-world conversations grounded things, and the chat let the room riff a bit more. But also intoxicating in the dizzying sense. There are a number of cog-sci studies of our ability to follow two verbal conversations at once (we max out above two), but I wonder if the carrying capacity is any different if one conversation is spoken and one is text."

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