The Metaphysics of Communications Overload

Richard Harper

Mobile Social Signal Processing |

This paper enquires into the nature of the act of communication
between two or more persons. It proposes that such acts are best conceived of
as moral, as related to the performative consequences of the acts in question.
Given this, the paper then asks what applicability phrases like ‘overload’ might
have, and whether quantitative techniques have a role other than as a heuristic
in understanding and designing tools for the control of communication overload
between people.