Conversation Analysis of Video-Mediated Communication

Rintel, S. (2015).  Conversation Analysis of Video-Mediated Communication: Interactional Repair of Distortion in Long-Distance Couples’ Video Calls. Sage Research Methods. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473947481. Ethnomethodology and the related fields of Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorisation Analysis investigate how the local production of practical, social understandings is a situated achievement. This is typically undertaken through a close analysis Read more about Conversation Analysis of Video-Mediated Communication[…]

Video Calling in Long-Distance Relationships: The Opportunistic use of Audio/Video Distortions as a Relational Resource

Update: Now free and open access! The online version is the definitive version as it has embedded video examples. Rintel, S. (2013). Video Calling in Long-Distance Relationships: The Opportunistic use of Audio/Video Distortions as a Relational Resource. The Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronic de Communication (EJC/REC) Special issue on Videoconferencing in Practice: Read more about Video Calling in Long-Distance Relationships: The Opportunistic use of Audio/Video Distortions as a Relational Resource[…]

Special Issue: Videoconferencing in Practice: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

My Special Issue on Videoconferencing in Practice: 21st Century Challenges was published today in The Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronic de Communication (EJC/REC) 23 (1&2). If your university does not subscribe to EJC/REC please email myself or article authors for article copies (and ask your library to subscribe!). The issue features a keynote article by veteran media Read more about Special Issue: Videoconferencing in Practice: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities[…]

Tech-tied or tongue-tied? Technological versus social trouble in relational video calling

Tech-tied or tongue-tied? Technological versus social trouble in relational video calling: Thursday 3pm, Pikake 3, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 46.  The title in the HICSS program is the original draft title: Techs, ties, and video chat: Technological trouble as a conversational resource in online relationships. Abstract: Maintaining a relationship via video calling requires intertwining Read more about Tech-tied or tongue-tied? Technological versus social trouble in relational video calling[…]

The Airtime video chat gamble

 The Conversation published my article on the problems of Airtime, the new Facebook video chat service. I argue that Airtime offers little that is new, it’s not on board the group video chat zeitgeist, and it has significant privacy issues. Read the full article @ Rintel, S. (2012, June 18). Airtime’s Facebook video service gambles on the Read more about The Airtime video chat gamble[…]

Google may spell the end of landlines

I commented in The Courier Mail about the issues of replacing landline telephones with videochat and VOIP. Tin, J. (2011, July 23, 5:00pm). Google may spell the end of landlines. The Sunday Mail. “The University of Queensland’s communication technology expert Dr Sean Rintel said recent advances in online communication would accelerate the demise of the traditional landline.” Read Read more about Google may spell the end of landlines[…]

Face to Facebook: Can video chat get over its hang-ups?

Last week, Facebook introduced one-to-one video calling. With a claimed userbase of 750 million accounts, the potential for ubiquitous video calling seems obvious. But, will it work? Of all post-industrial revolution communication technologies, video calling has had the rockiest path to usability and popularity. Could Facebook have the edge that has eluded prior services? Seeing Read more about Face to Facebook: Can video chat get over its hang-ups?[…]