The Revolution : Effects Of Ephemeral Messaging

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Snapchat Revolution: Effects of Ephemeral Messaging
Debuted in September of 2011, Snapchat is a multi-messaging application for mobile devices developed by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy (Hempel & Lashinsky, 2014). The phenomenon of ‘self-destructing messages’ has significant implications for personal communication. Snapchat, an evolutionary innovation, revisits ephemeral dialogue amid the contemporary ubiquity of digital permanence—where increasingly, communication assets are virtually stored and endlessly retrievable. The history of the vaporizing message, at first unintentional and later revised as an innovation in personal digital communication, is essentially shaped by changing ideas of privacy, permanence and propriety. How this medium constricts or encourages communication is particularly relevant as notions of scarcity and feedback are remixed on an uninitiated generation. By asking these questions, we hope to better understand the role of Snapchat and ephemeral messaging in an environment of digital permanence. Ancient Human Conversations
Human communication has been transformed by the various technologies that have enabled and enriched it through time. At its most basic and frequent, people speak to each other aloud. As Ong (1982) wrote: “Sound exists only when it is going out of existence. It is not simply perishable, but essentially evanescent” (as cited in Crowley & Heyer, 2011, p. 49). In a contemporary world where literacy itself can mean facility with the

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