Some concepts and axioms about communication
Kaufer, David & Carley, Kathleen. (1994). Some concepts and axioms about communication. Written Communication, 2(1), 8-42.
This study examines â€śdistanceâ€? in communication, a concept the authors assert had been neglected or addressed in a scattered fashion across disciplines. By â€śsynthesizingâ€? across disciplines and literatures (postmodernism, social theory, network theory), the authors formulate a set of â€śconcepts and axiomsâ€? applicable to the general communication context (both proximate and distant, oral and written). Applying these baseline concepts of relative similarity, signature, reach, and currency, the authors develop characteristics of distance that circumscribe written communication, which allows for its survival across time, space, and sociocultural environments. These are:
Through these characteristics, communication is achievable at a distance within complex social systems. We see these principles later expanded and fleshed out by Gurak (2001) to include speed, reach, anonymity, and interactivity.