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Day by day the internet has grabbed the attention of people around the world More and more people start to use the internet as one of their important source of communication Before if we want to communicate with people on the other side of the world we had to make an expensive phone call or use the slow snail mail However today we can just go to a cyber caf pay 3-4 dollars per hour and communicate with them using e-mail or chat room instantly This type of new communication is called CMC Computer Mediated Communication Its ability to give fast and easy communication make us think that it is the future for humankind However people start to concern about how this type of communication can affect our lives If we think that talking to someone face-to-face where we can touch and feel is real What about talking the same conversation via CMC without the physical presence Is it going to make the conversation one level more abstract from the real making it less real While many believe that CMC can create real life interactions and meaningful human relation others argue that CMC is unreal type of interactions because it lacks in humanity and physical presence that tends people to hide their true identities Advocates believe that CMC can produce the same type of communication that we had when talking to someone face-to-face In communication via CMC people exchange information and knowledge exchange pleasantries and argue fall in love and share emotional support find friends and lose them engage in intellectual discourse conduct commerce make plans brainstorm flirt gossip feud and a lot of idle talk Rheingold qtd in Chenault 146 This is quite similar to what we usually do when communicating with someone in the real world Even now the technology of communication via CMC has allowed us to see the person who we talk to using online video camera More and more people
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