The nature of communication between machines and people is contrasted and the power of words, concepts, and models as metaphors, both to help and to hinder thinking, is discussed. The article observes how every human artefact manifests its own grammar, rhetoric, and logic, and tends to resume the character of spoken natural language through electric speedup. It is emphasised that new acousticspace process patterns, created by the electric communication environment, are superseding old visualspace ground rules of the mechanical world. The article then considers how to harmonise these conflicting, but complementary, natural orders by learning to anticipate the material, mental, and social effects of our artefacts as human communication media.
Kybernetes – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 1990
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