16 Technology, Interaction, and Design

Authored by: Mark Aakhus , Sally Jackson

Handbook Of Language And Social Interaction

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  December  2004

Print ISBN: 9780805842401
eBook ISBN: 9781410611574
Adobe ISBN: 9781135634155

10.4324/9781410611574.ch16

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Abstract

The explosive growth over the past decade in new digital media has been accompanied by a corresponding expansion in the research agendas of all disciplines concerned with communication practice. For the interdisciplinary study of Language and Social Interaction, the ongoing evolution of information and communication technology (what we will refer to here as design) invites changes in the research agenda that are far more profound than merely extending the study of communication practice into new settings and new formats. The most important challenge we face in responding to the advance of information and communication technology is the challenge of accommodating a design enterprise within what has so far been understood primarily as an empirical enterprise—a very fundamental change in research practice and in what researchers pay attention to.

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