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Technological Constructions of Reality: An Ontological Perspective
Unformatted Document Text:  Running Head: TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY varying time zones. For example, a person can be instant messaging a friend on the computer while text messaging a friend on her phone and talking to a third friend on speaker phone on the same phone simultaneously. There is no restriction placed on their modes of communication by proxemics or chronemics. Perceptions of reality are now seen through contextual structures of hypermediated communication realms. The pervasiveness of technology is seen throughout society where even people with no to low media access are still inundated with the repercussions of the technology. A person does not need to have access to the Internet to know that Twitter exists and how it works. Through the convergence and consolidation of media we now hear about hypermedia through traditional media like television and radio (Jenkins, 2006). Newspaper subscriptions are moving online and with that the news is transformed into hypermediated news through the amalgamation of hyperlinks, videos, and audio clips. This convergence in turn makes hypermediated technology more pervasive throughout society by newscasters referencing their blog, commercials referencing their website, and television shows encouraging viewers to catch up on missed episodes online. Through this pervasiveness, audiences no longer have to schedule their time around their media they can mold their media around their schedule. The inundation of media technology also impacts the communication choices that are available. People can choose at what rate they want to communicate with another person. Instantly they can text message, instant message, call a mobile phone, send email through a mobile phone, or leave a message on a social network site through their computer or mobile phone, to name a few. If they want to avoid a long, drawn out conversation they can choose the parameters within the context of the technological medium they choose. They can text, they can email, or they can leave a voicemail. By choosing the limitations for their communication 18

Authors: Vincent, Cindy.
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varying time zones.  For example, a person can be instant messaging a friend on the computer 
while text messaging a friend on her phone and talking to a third friend on speaker phone on the 
same phone simultaneously.  There is no restriction placed on their modes of communication by 
proxemics or chronemics. Perceptions of reality are now seen through contextual structures of 
hypermediated communication realms.
The pervasiveness of technology is seen throughout society where even people with no to 
low media access are still inundated with the repercussions of the technology.  A person does not 
need to have access to the Internet to know that Twitter exists and how it works.  Through the 
convergence and consolidation of media we now hear about hypermedia through traditional 
media like television and radio (Jenkins, 2006).  Newspaper subscriptions are moving online and 
with that the news is transformed into hypermediated news through the amalgamation of 
hyperlinks, videos, and audio clips.  This convergence in turn makes hypermediated technology 
more pervasive throughout society by newscasters referencing their blog, commercials 
referencing their website, and television shows encouraging viewers to catch up on missed 
episodes online.  Through this pervasiveness, audiences no longer have to schedule their time 
around their media they can mold their media around their schedule.  
The inundation of media technology also impacts the communication choices that are 
available.  People can choose at what rate they want to communicate with another person. 
Instantly they can text message, instant message, call a mobile phone, send email through a 
mobile phone, or leave a message on a social network site through their computer or mobile 
phone, to name a few.  If they want to avoid a long, drawn out conversation they can choose the 
parameters within the context of the technological medium they choose.  They can text, they can 
email, or they can leave a voicemail.  By choosing the limitations for their communication 

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