Exploring human communications via computer. This is in contrast with exploring computer-to-computer communications.
I love this little chart which I first devised in 2003-05.
|Self-to-Self||*A diary or journal.
*Leaving notes to yourself.
|*Emailing yourself.||*Unpublished sites.|
|One-to-One||*A personal letter.
*A two person conversation.
|*A personal email.
*2 player games.
*A private chat room.
*Instant messaging (IM).
|One-to-Few||*A letter copied to several friends.
*A small speech.
*Small range advertising.
*A niche article.
|*An email copied to several entities.||*An unpopular entity's site.
*An unpopular blog.
*A twitter with a small following.
|One-to-Many||*A big speech.
*Laws made by the one.
*Large range advertising.
*A mass mailing.
*A work of art like a statue.
|*Spam in email, message boards, chat rooms.||*A popular entity's site.
*A popular blog or blog with RSS output.
*Providing or consuming Web Services.
*A twitter with a large following.
|Few-to-One||*Two parents scolding a child.|
|Few-to-Few||*A small gathering.
*A small presentation.
|*A small niche message board.
*A medium chat room.
*A small-group groupware document.
*A small group IM.
|*An unpopular multi-authored site or blog.
*A read & write restricted wiki.
|Few-to-Many||*Newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, etc.
*Laws made by the few.
*A multi-authored popular book/movie.
*A large presentation.
|*A medium niche message board.||*An popular multi-authored site, blog, or blog with RSS output.
*A write restricted wiki.
|Many-to-Many||*A large gathering.
*Laws made by the many.
|*A large message board.
*A large chat room.
*Massively Multiplayer Online Games.
*A large-group groupware document.
|*A popular comments-attached site, blog, or blog with RSS output.
*An unrestricted wiki.
*A popularity-folksonomy site.
Communication involves nodes, means, and content. Eventually this topic will have to discuss things like intellectual property and freedom.
The "means" or the conduit of communication is a medium. The plural of medium is media. The vernacular usage of the words medium and media are differs slightly from the computers usage.
- In the vernacular, the "mass media" refers to the various entities that facilitate Few-to-Many or Many-to-Many communication. This includes mass media for entertainment, as well the "news media" which informs.
- In computers, there are usually two meanings:
- Hardware media. This includes copper wiring, fiber optic glass cables, electromagnetic signaling (via infrared, microwave, radio waves, etc.), and the various connectors. See my section on Hardware Media.
- Software media. This includes text, graphics, audio, and video. This is concerned with the protocols, file formats, streaming, players, etc.