NCCU College of Communication

From Billboards to BBSs: Revisiting the Old and Exploring the New in Computer-Mediated Communication

  • 2018-11-18
  • 郭 乃華
From Billboards to BBSs: Revisiting the Old and Exploring the New in Computer-Mediated Communication
Date: 2018/12/13 (Thu)
Time: 12:00-14:00
Venue: Room 210401, 
Da Yong Bldg. 
Speaker: Caleb T. Carr (Associate professor, Illinois State University)
Host: Jih-Hsuan Tammy Lin (Associate professor, NCCU)
Computer-mediated communication (CMC) represents opportunities for scholars to answer new questions about the fundamental processes of human communication; but also to revisit older questions with renewed abilities. Dr. Carr has spent nearly a decade exploring how new mediate are really new—and some of the ways they aren’t—particularly in the context of impression formation. This talk will present some of this work into what is truly new about ‘new media,’ including new means of uncertainty reduction, interaction, and social support. It will also explore how some older communicative processes are being made new again, such as transformative self-statements and masspersonal communication. Highlights of the talk include some new theorizing on the nature of computer-mediated communication, discussion and extension of the masspersonal communication concept, and the influence of social media self-presentation and others’ feedback on self-perceptions. Whether you are interested in older media (like roadside billboards) or newer channels (like online bulletin boards and social media), Dr. Carr is excited to engage and interact with the scholars of National ChengChi University’s College of Communication to revisit the old and explore the new of CMC.
Caleb T. Carr (PhD. Michigan State University; @CalebTCarrPhD) researches how new media alter communicative processes, including how social media are used to create and maintain identity online, for organizational uncertainty reduction, and in group collaborations.  His primary interests are in how employers use social media to learn about job applicants (and vice versa) and how individuals make sense of and influence themselves when self-presenting online.  His research has appeared in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Human Communication Research, and Media Psychology.  He has taught undergraduate and courses in computer-mediated communication, organizational communication, mass media theory and history, and management at Illinois State University, the University of Oklahoma, and Michigan State University.  In his spare time, he reads, alpine skis, and is a devout Parrothead.  Dr. Carr is currently employed by Illinois State University in Normal, IL, USA, where he is an associate professor in the School of Communication.
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