ERIC Number: ED393127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The U.S. Mail vs. E-mail: Understanding Interpersonal Communication through Traditional Pedagogical Pathways.
Swarts, Valerie R.; Walters, Timothy L.
This paper investigates a number of questions concerning the relative advantages of the U.S. Mail versus electronic mail. Specifically, the paper asks: (1) what is the impact that E-mail has on the ways in which people communicate interpersonally in a visual presentation; (2) will E-mail replace such traditional forms of communication as greeting cards or are the two mediums simply different visual presentations; and (3) how can educators help students to understand the elements of the verbal, nonverbal code as they are manifest in both E-mail and the U.S. Mail's visual presentation of images? This paper reaches the conclusion that the difference between the two mediums is mainly one of texture, that is, how the message feels to the sender or receiver or how it makes them feel. The paper argues that "further humanization" of E-mail can be developed when students have knowledge and experience with both the technology and the "new" language code that is being developed to allow for increased interpersonal communication. An extensive chart examines in detail some of the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two mediums. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Message Transmission
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).