Toward a pervasive communication environment perspective


  • Ted M. Coopman San José State University



communication imperative, media, computer mediate communication


In a world where pervasive communication technologies facilitate an increasing percentage of human interaction, the traditional dichotomy between face-to-face and mediated communication (especially computer mediated communication) obscures more than it illuminates. This has impacts for both teaching and research. To address this, I propose a holistic approach: Pervasive Communication Environment Perspective (PCE). Represented as a graphic model, PCE illustrates the circular flow of information and communication across mediums, channels, and individuals. This provides a conceptual tool with practical applications for teaching as well as research.

Author Biography

Ted M. Coopman, San José State University

Ted M. Coopman (Ph.D. Communication, University of Washington, 2008) is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre at San José State University, San José, Calif.




How to Cite

Coopman, T. M. (2008). Toward a pervasive communication environment perspective. First Monday, 14(1).