Communication Technology and Computer-Mediated Communication

The study of communication and technology involves research into how technologies influence our world including our perceptions of space, time, power, and identity, as well as how technological changes affect the mediation of information and present us with ethical and moral challenges. Both the message and the medium influence our human ecology. Increasingly, access to technology equals opportunity and power. How did mass printing affect culture generally and literacy specifically? Across cultures and over time, who has been encouraged to read and who has not and why? Why were the letters on the first mechanical keyboards arranged as they were? How does one write hundreds of Chinese characters on a small Western-style computer keyboard or text on a cellular phone? How has cellular phone service influenced criminal enterprises and guerrilla warfare? The invention of air conditioning greatly reduced the building of front porches on homes, which in turn greatly reduced communication among neighbors who used to spend hot evenings out on their porches chatting. Internet companies are purposefully mixing social with commercial messages and have greatly accelerated the diffusion of innovations including commercial and political campaign messages. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta now works with Facebook to detect the initial spread of viruses because people who are sick stay home and write about their symptoms giving the CDC the most effective early-warning of clusters of outbreaks. Terrorism and criminal behavior is thriving via the Internet. Electronic banking, medical record keeping, and so forth compound issues regarding privacy.

Enabled by advances in computing and telecommunications, individuals, groups, societies, and devices are now readily able to interact across time and distance. University of Oklahoma undergraduates can enroll in courses designed to transcend specific tools by exploring the theories, processes, and applications of communication technologies to prepare students for jobs in an ever-evolving yet ubiquitously online business world. Master’s and Doctoral scholars can deepen their study of communication and technology as well as broaden their understanding by applying theory and research findings in coursework focusing on politics, interpersonal relationships, intercultural interactions, and organizational processes. Collaboration between faculty and students at all levels in the Department of Communication produce leading scholarship including researching how online tools can be used to better detect deception (Dunbar), affect long-distance friendships and social support (Johnson), help professionals share information and be socialized into the workplace (Lee), deliver health and crisis communication (Miller), meet challenges of cyber-terrorism and cyber-bullying (E. Kramer), and how technology of all sorts from integrated satellite systems to electrical refrigeration and nuclear powered warships change/enable our behaviors, beliefs, values and expectations (E. Kramer). Graduate scholars leave OU prepared to teach and research contemporary issues impacted by technologies and the messages and meanings they generate intentionally and unintentionally.


Typical Graduate Level Course Offerings:

Comm 5363 Communication and Technology
 Comm 6023 Communication Research Task Groups
 Comm 6960 Directed Readings

Current Faculty with Research and/or Teaching Interests 

Eric Kramer
Amy Johnson
Claude Miller
Pat Meirick
John Banas
Sun Kyong (Sunny) Lee
Elena Bessarabova

Recent Dissertations in Communication Technology/CMC:

Bingham, C. (2017). An ethnography of Twitch streamers: Negotiating professionalism in new media content creation. (Film and Video Studies, University of Oklahoma).

Piercy, C. (2017). Strength of weak ties and the modern job search. University of Oklahoma.

Castleberry, Garret (2015). Imitating and Innovating a Critical Television Studies Model for Communication.

Lane, Brianna. (2015).  The influence of online cues and warranting values on impression formation.

Kim, Tae-Sik. (2012). Globalization, new technologies, and intercultural flexibility: Communication and culture of Korean adolescents in the United States. (UMI NO. ATT 3503064). (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Media Studies and Journalism, Masryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Adkins, Gabriel. (2011 ). An exploratory analysis: The role of network structures and boundary spanner behaviors as related to collaboration in inter-organizational networks.

Moellinger, Terry. (2011). To "think different": The unexpected consequences of personal computer and Internet use.

Recent Research Funding in Communication Technology/CMC 

Claude Miller and Matthew Jensen, Co-PI’s: “Teaching Bias Mitigation through Training Games with Application in Credibility Attribution,” Division of Information & Intelligent Systems, National Science Foundation ($549,000), 2015-2017 – Funded.


Recent Representative Faculty and Graduate Student Publications in Communication Technology/CMC

Bessarabova, E., Piercy, C., King, S., Vincent, C., Dunbar, N. E., Burgoon, J. K., Miller, C. H., Jensen, M., Elkins, A., Wilson, D., Wilson, S. N., & Lee, Y.-H. (2016). Mitigating bias blind spot via a serious video game. Computers in Human Behavior, 62, 452–466.

Bingham, C., & Kramer, E. (2016). “Neoliberalism and the Production of Enemies: The Commercial Logic of Yahoo! News, In V. Berdayes and J. Murphy, (Eds.), Neoliberalism, economic radicalism, and the normalization of violence (pp. 53-69). New York: Springer.

Dunbar, N. E., Jensen, M. L., Miller, C. H., & Bessarabova, E., et al. (2017). Mitigation of cognitive bias with a serious game: Two experiments testing feedback timing and source. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 7, 86-100. DOI: 10.4018/IJGBL.2017100105

Dunbar, N., Miller, C., Adame, B., Elizondo, J., Wilson, S., Lane, B., Kauffman, A., Bessarabova, E., Jensen, M., Straub, S., Lee, Y-H., Burgoon, J., Valacich, J., Jenkins, J., &   Zhang, J. (2014). Implicit and explicit training in the mitigation of cognitive bias through the use of a serious game. Computers in Human Behaviors, 37, 307-318.

Jensen, M., Lee, Y.-H., Piercy, C. W., Dunbar, N. E., Elizondo, J., Bessarabova, E., Twyman, N. W., Burgoon, J. K., Valacich, J. S., Adame, B., Miller, C. H., Wilson, S. (2016). Failure and engagement in a complex digital training game: A multi-method examination. AIS Transactions on Human Computer Interaction, 8, 1-19.

Johnson, A. J., Bostwick, E. N., & Bassick, M. (2017). Long-distance versus geographically close romantic relationships: The effects of social media on the development and maintenance of these relationships. In N. Punyanunt-Carter & J. S. Wrench (Eds.), Swipe right for love: The impact of social media in modern romantic relationships. Lexington Books.

Johnson, A. J., Bostwick, E., & Anderson, C. (2016). How do computer-mediated channels negatively impact existing interpersonal relationships? In Eletra Gilchirst Petty and Shawn D. Long (Eds.), Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication, Peter Lang.

Johnson, A. J., King, S., & Becker, J. A. H. (in press). How have new media changed interpersonal relationships? An examination of the impact of computer-mediated communication on close friendships. In L. Webb & K. B. Wright (Eds), Computer-mediated communication in interpersonal relationships (2nd Edition). 

Kramer, E. M., Adkins, G. L., Kim, S. H. & Miller, G. (2014). Environmental communication and the extinction vortex: Technology as denial of death. New York: Hampton Press.

Kramer, E. M., Adkins, G., Miller, G., & Kim, S. H. (in press). Techno-Narcissism and Death Denial: The Absurd Extinction Vortex. NY: Hampton Press.

Lee, S., Lindsey, N. J., & Kim, K. (2017). The effect of news consumption via social media and news information overload on the perceptions of journalistic norms and practices. Computers in Human Behavior, 75, 254-263. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.05.007

Lee, S., & Piercy, C. (2017). Computer-mediated communication. In Allen, M (Ed.), SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 219-223). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Lee, S., von Pape, T., Karnowski, V., & Cionea, I. (2016). An English scale for measuring mobile phone appropriation: Translation and assessment. Studies in Communication | Media (SCM), 5(4), 397–426, doi: 10.5771/2192-4007-2016-4-397

Lee, S., Bassick, M. A., & Wilson Mumpower, S. V. (2016). Fighting electronically: Long-distance romantic couples’ conflict management over mediated communication. Electronic Journal of Communication, 26 (3 & 4).

Lee, S., Kim, K., & Koh, J. (2016). Antecedents of news consumers' perceived information overload and news consumption patterns in the USA. International Journal of Contents, 12(3), 1-11. doi: 10.5392/IJoC.2016.12.3.001

Lee, S. K., & Katz, J. E. (2015). Bounded solidarity confirmed? How Korean immigrants' mobile communication configures their social networks. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20, 615–631. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12142 

Lee, Y-H., Dunbar, N. E., Miller, C. H., Lane, B. L., Jensen, M. L., Bessarabova, E., Burgoon, J. K., Adame, B. J., Valacich, J. J., Adame, E. A., Bostwick, E., Piercy, C. W., Elizondo, J., &   Wilson, S. N. (In Press). Training anchoring and representativeness bias mitigation through a digital game. Simulation & Gaming (published online August 11, 2016) doi:10.1177/1046878116662955

Lee, S. & Katz, J. (2014). Disconnect: A case study of short-term voluntary mobile phone non-use. First Monday, 19, Number 12.  

Rozzell, B., Piercy, C., Carr, C. T., King, S., Lane, B., Tornes, M., Johnson, A. J., & Wright, K. B. (2014). Notification pending: Online social support from close and nonclose relational ties. Computers in Human Behavior, 38, 272-280.