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To Spread Love Media Forum (No.81):Professor Zhang Jie shared "Intermediary Communication: Exploring New Ways of Interpersonal Communication in the Mobile Web Era"

On the afternoon of December 24th, Professor Zhang Jie from the School of Public Management of Hohai University brought the academic lecture entitled "Intermediary Communication: Exploring New Ways of Interpersonal Communication in the Era of Mobile Web" in the conference room 408 of Xinchuan Building. Chaired by Professor Yu Deshan.
First of all, Mr. Zhang jie explained the concept of communication and the evolution of interpersonal interaction in detail through a large number of literature review. He pointed out that if the foundation of the existence of traditional communities lies in face-to-face communication and interaction mediated by language symbols, then one of the salient features of modern society is the "social division of labor" discussed by durkheim.On the basis of social division of labor, role communication begins to rise, and the object of communication is no longer required to be an acquaintance, but a stranger with incomplete information. With the development of modernity, the face-to-face interpersonal communication with high involvement of emotion and personality, which was established in the traditional community in a fixed space and a long period of time, has been gradually replaced by the communication of strangers with extended space and time, emotional alienation and role norms and role expectations. The communication of strangers has become the main communication mode in modern society.
Later, zhang jie pointed out that the rise of the media makes a new interpersonal type - "public" arises at the historic moment. The first person to recognize this new group of people created by newspapers was the French sociologist David thad. In his opinion, the public is different from the masses. The public is rational and objective, the source and foundation of public opinion and democracy, and the difference between the composition of modern society and traditional society. Mass media is the bond that gathers the public into the society. Through mass media, the public can form and grow.However, if the public is the breakthrough of face-to-face communication, then another type of non-face-to-face interpersonal communication is the dark side of interpersonal communication in modern society, which reminds us of the disadvantages of interpersonal communication in modern society. Then, zhang jie teacher quoted mannheim, anders, mills and others to explain. With the rise of media, people only make superficial connections through mass media, which look like mass but are actually lonely individuals. Under the influence of mass media, the atomization of society is increasingly emerging.
Then, zhang jie said that the rise of the media has also created a new way of communication - social interaction. He combed through the insights of horton, wall, Thompson antham and others on quasi-social interaction, and clarified the theoretical context. In particular, zhang jie emphasized the significance of horton and wall's literature mass communication and quasi-social interaction: an examination of long-distance intimate behaviors, which is the first to include non-face-to-face communication behaviors in the study.
Zhang jie believes that in the era of mobile Internet, all interpersonal communication happens through some kind of intermediary and is influenced by some kind of intermediary. Therefore, today we have come to an era of intermediary communication. Intermediary is not only a thing, a means and tool of communication, but also a third party with relatively independent power. Intermediary refers to the communication between people and the interactive experience arising from it in a specific form.
In addition, Mr. Zhang jie Shared with the graduate students his research process of "presence without communication? The new context construction of interpersonal communication in mobile network era". The question comes from a phenomenon in daily life: why do people regard it as normal to lower their heads and play with their phones when communicating? Zhang jie teacher reminded everyone must be aware of the problem, to learn to break things that are taken for granted, to constantly ask, why it will be taken for granted. In terms of literature review, Mr. Zhang jie believes that the description of simple phenomena is not deep enough, so we should make a rational explanation. In particular, he stressed that when choosing the theoretical framework, it is not important whether the theory is new or old, but how well the theory fits the research problem.
Finally, Mr. Yu deshan hoped that the graduate students should sort out the literature review with problems when making the summary, instead of just piling up the literature and falling into the situation of "describing but not evaluating". During the lecture, professor zhang jie introduced his research experience to the students in a comprehensive and in-depth way by quoting the classics, which deeply inspired the students.