Progress or Regress in the Youth Interactive Communication

  • Jarosław Jęczeń The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Theology
Keywords: interactive communication; mass media


In the past traditional media would prefer a linear, one-direction information flow: from the sender to the recipient. The new media have departed from this communication mode and switched to interactivity, i.e. a two-way model: from the sender to the recipient and the recipient to the sender. Interactivity was regarded a symptom of the times, a civilisation revolution, a way to build communities in a real sense as much as in the virtual one. Interactivity was decisive for an interpersonal character of communication. I used the past tense in order to highlight the role of interactivity and this is not a mistake. Many situations in the teenagers' everyday life indicate the “passage” of interactivity and this brings about the passing of participation, a sense of “technological loneliness”, a wrongly defined self-sufficiency. This thesis is bald and will certainly stir many controversies. The departure from interactivity as such would be more dangerous than an uncontrolled Homo sapiens' evolution towards Homo videns. This would not only be a crisis associated with a lost of reasons and cognitive abilities (non vidi, ergo non est), but also a dialog participation crisis and a crisis of communication in general. Can we completely give up interactivity? For the benefit of what?


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