Taxonomy of Communications:

I have an ongoing project of taxonometrically analyzing different kinds of communications in search for a better understanding of what elements characterizes interesting, good, or successful conversations in different media.

Taxonomy of Communications

Real-time lost Real-time captured Time-shifted captured
1 to 1 Conversations




Email

Chat (Text/2D/3D) Chat transcripts, Comic Chat (2D)

Telephone
Voicemail/answering machines



Paging

Tech Support


Tutoring


Therapy

1 to Many Television
Videotape

Moderated Chat Chat transcript, Comic Chat

Presentations/Seminars Presentation/Seminar materials

Lectures/Speeches Lecture notes/Speech transcripts

Movies
Videotape
Performances Audio tape/CDs



Email Aliases/List Servs
Advertising



Books/Magazines
Newspapers/Newsletters



Paging (advanced)
Voicemail (advanced)



USENET (some moderated groups)
"Conferencing" (some moderated groups)

Improv

Push Media

Amusement Parks

Classrooms/Training Class Notes/Textbooks/Workbooks
Many* to 1 Briefings Briefing notes
Personalized, automatic newspapers



Drop Boxes
USENET (of a sort)

Push media?

Many to Many Chat Room (Text/2D/3D) Chat replay? Comic Chat
Meetings

Party line?

Improv?



USENET
"Conferencing" (some moderated groups)

* Many in this context refers to a unified communication happening by one body or agent at one time (even though the agent may consist of many people in succession).

Note: Italics indicates some form of moderation of the communication. Moderation seems to only be possible or present in "1 to Many" communications and is almost always present and prominent in broadcasting and publishing.

Note: I couldn't find any examples of time-shifted communications not captured into some kind of archive or record.

Another way to look at this information is in Matrix form:

 

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