Well base on my understandingsabout the topic. Three years ago, a panel of federal judges in Philadelphia struck downthe Communications Decency Act (CDA), a new law restricting”indecent” speech on the Internet, saying it was unconstitutional.They also took the time to praise the democratic possibilities of freeexpression in a new global medium. In his widely quoted opinion, Judge StewartDalzell, characterized the Internet “as the most participatory form ofmass speech yet developed,” indicating that the new medium deserved”the highest protection from government intrusion”.
So it means thatthere are to Internet users to express their feelings or thoughts freely via Internet.Thereare advantages and disadvantages about the Computer-Mediated Communication. Oneof the advantages of it is the ability to workanywhere at any time. Many companies allow their employees to work from homebecause of this technology.
Portable laptops let many companies allow workersto travel or work from home without sacrificing any productivity. It is the students who contribute the least inface-to-face discussion who increase their participation the most in CMCdiscussion. Another is employees also have the ability to multitask, whichcan increase overall productivity for the organization. For example, anemployee on a laptop can respond to work queries while eating lunch at arestaurant. While the disadvantages is havinga workplace that relies on computers is technology overload, which is when workers feel overwhelmed by theconstant influx of work and information through technology.
Many workers feelburned-out, as they cannot escape from their daily work environment. Their bosscan contact them at any point, and messages from work can come pouring in 24hours a day.Group orteamwork done via technology has some major differences from the traditionalmodel. A boss or leader might find it hard to keep control of the groupdynamics when everyone’s relating electronically instead of physically. Absence of RegulatingFeedback, lack of socio-emotional and nonverbal cues (often referred to as cues filtered out).
In face to facecommunication, head nods, smiles, eye contact, distance, tone of voice, andother nonverbal behavior givespeakers and listeners information they can use to regulate, modify, andcontrol exchanges. Electronic communication may be inefficient for resolvingsuch coordination problems as telling another person you already have knowledgeof something he or she is explaining. The lack of social feedback might make itdifficult to coordinate and comprehend messages. The absence of informational feedbackbetween speakers and listeners in the computer- mediated communicationcondition makes people don’t know exactly when their arguments are understoodor agreed to, and consequently everyone believes they have to exert more effortto be understood making computer mediated communication more time consuming. The lack of true human contact. Electroniccommunication tends to seem impersonal.
Communicators must imagine their audience, for at a terminal it almost seems asthough the computer itself is the audience. Messages are depersonalized,inviting stronger or more uninhibited text and more assertiveness in return. The biggestobstacle seems to be the basic design of the Internet itself, which was createdduring the cold war to allow uninterrupted routing society of data traffic evenin the event of a nuclear war. At that time, the Internet was composed of onlya handful of computers, and if one computer failed, the data packets wouldautomatically detour around it. The Internet is composed of millions of”host” computers, all buta few of them privately maintained.
They have taken for granted, until now, aworld in which geographical borders were of primary importance in establishinglegal sovereignty. Territorial boundaries constitute areas within whichdifferent systems of law and sets of legal rules apply. Cyberspace, however, challengesthe ability of physical location to determine legal authority. First, due tothe cost and speed of message transmission on the Net is entirely independentof physical location. The Internet enables simultaneous transactions betweenlarge numbers of people who do not know the physical location of the otherparty. There are serious problems in attempting to regulate the Internet interms of the traditional means of centralized authority.