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Symposium on Evolution of Communication

published 29.Nov.07 by Alan Levine

Next week marks another NMC Online Symposium that will take place entirely in Second Life. Following on the success of our August Symposium on Creativity in Second Life, December 3-5, 2007 will be the time for the Symposium on the Evolution of Communication.

Symposium Poster

NMC Symposium on the Evolution of Communication will explore the premise that technology has not only mediated communication in countless ways, but that the very ways we communicate—and even the ways we talk and think about communication—are changing as a result.

Added to and fueling the premise is an admittedly unscientific assessment of how we have added to those forms in recent years. A look in almost any direction will reveal patterns of communication very different than the traditional writing in which we were trained. Small bursts of information, technology-mediated for the most part, permeate our experiences, and increasingly we have people with whom we are in contact almost constantly—and more so every day, these people are scattered across the globe.

As a context setting for this conference, the NMC recently posted a white paper Social Networking, the “Third Place,” and the Evolution of Communication that is available both as PDF and web formats; on the latter we hope people will participate in commentary.

The schedule of events features “Co-Evolution of Technology, Media and Collective Action” –a keynote presentation by Howard Rheingold on December 5. There are two full days of breakout sessions on topics such as “R U 1337? Exploring Changes in Internet and Virtual World Discourse”, “Evolution | Revolution: Architectures for Participation”, “What the Origin of the Alphabet Teaches Us about the Future of Virtual Reality”, “Virtual Citations: Defining and Creating Ethical Content in Virtual Worlds” and “Digital Tattoos, Digital Hoarding, and Social Networking: Turning Gold into Lead”.

Journalism in Sl Booth

In addition to this, you will find a number of exhibits on related topics set up in the conference expo area such as “Meeting and Collaborate: Making Friends Online and Then Creating Informal Learning Exhibits Together”, “The Other Great Virtual World – Drama!”, and “Mass Communication: One Virtual World Covering Another”. The expo also includes a wide variety of free giveaway resources and objects for use in Second Life.

The conference opens Monday evening, December 3 with an opening reception, followed by the main events December 4 and 5. Registration is still open for this symposium, so sign up today!