By paying attention to the relationship between communication technology and meaningful everyday behavior, we can present valuable lessons for those developing communication media. Specifically, we present a moment of co-evolution of the telephone and its purposeful use, in the development of the recreational telephone conference, made possible by the everyday pervasiveness of the telephone. When thinking about the future of the mass media we tend to imagine its constituent elements as print, radio, and television, forgetting all about the telephone. Arguably the truest communication medium, the telephone is less easily incorporated into the mix. When the telephone is viewed…
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