This work from 2002-2003 explores the impact of the internet and communication technology on interpersonal communication and society. It focuses on a transformation of mediated interaction. The effect of communication technologies on face to face talk, on gestures and cues, on meta-linguistic signals, and so on. As meaning is transferred to the digital artifact, what is gained, and what is lost? Are there social implications for our reliance on communicating non face to face? These sociological perspectives use human factors and communication theory to suggest design approaches to communication technology that go beyond computer mediated interaction and HCI design thinking.