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Interactive community bulletin boards as conversational hubs and sites for playful visual repartee

 

In this paper we describe the conversations that happened around and through an interactive community bulletin board within a neighborhood café and art gallery. The interactive board featured café information, but also allowed customers to create finger drawn scribbles and messages, and sign up for the café's email distribution list. In providing this community composition and posting feature, the board differed from those more commonly available which are designed for one-way communication – advertising products for consumption. From analysis of all the postings, the entries in the paper suggestion book that was also available, interviews with posting creators and readers, we offer a brief ethnography textual and visual play and repartee in the public space. We conclude our paper with a discussion of the role of visual play in asynchronous conversation, and reflect on such image-play in online spaces like Flickr.

 
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Churchill, E. F. ; Nelson, L. D. Interactive community bulletin boards as conversational hubs and sites for playful visual repartee. 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS'07); Seventh Annual Minitrack on Persistent Conversation; 2007 January 3-6; Waikoloa, Hawaii.