New Media and the Contexts of Daily Life
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Communication technologies set off new contexts for communication in very different ways from both print media and electronic mass media. Rules and resources of technology-mediated action are suggested by the context, and conversely, contexts are reproduced through them. The intention and capability of the user and the ‘counteraction’ of the setting merge in mutual composition of the meaning of context. Contextually, social and technological developments make it less relevant to study communication technologies without reference to other media. The new media extend and modify contexts in space without necessarily involving more individuals than in direct interpersonal communication. The distinction between communication through communication technologies, and pseudo-communication in mass media, along with the features of the responder as constitutive of communication and of focus and determinacy, create different processes of contextualization. The degree of involvement in communication that separates communication technologies from television and radio, has significance for their contextualization ability.