Posted by: spencersteele | January 21, 2010

TECH 114 – Studio Lab #1 – Telephone!

Tech 114

Studio Lab Assignment #1

January 20th 2010

1          Gustav    
2          Atish       
3          Guanchen
4          Spencer 
5          Aslan     
6          Ian         

The Report

1.0 – Introduction

For our activity we decided to use Facebook, the emailing service provided by SFU, our cell phones, and of course, Morse code. Of the four we chose, Facebook and emailing proved to be relatively more efficient than communication via cell phones and Morse code. Reasons being all to obvious: Morse Code was almost impossible without technological assistance and cell phones were used on a text to text basis. After the activity we played a game called telephone. A message is passed through a number of people and deciphered by the listener. The chain brings a comical upbringing, as the message that was long to start off with, did not make the message easier to pass on.

1.1 – The Process

Before starting, we decided to trade our contact information with one another so that we could communicate. Exchanging contact information on paper proved problematic but we solved this by email. So before using any sort of “high-tech” communication means, it required of us to start from “primitive” ideas, (i.e. by talking with each other to share contact information). Through facebook and emails, we easily copied and pasted the message, then sending it to each other without losing any parts of the message. However, Facebook would sometimes fail to inform the user because of refresh issues. On the other hand, email was proved to be the most efficient way to communicate since everyone had access to it and there was no such refresh issues as facebook. When we used Morse code to transfer our message, a Morse code generator and converter had to be used since none of us were familiar with the technology. A converter was quickly found on Google and allowed us use of this technology, but Morse code still proved to be the most complicated and time consuming. In addition, the use of our cell phones proved to be a little more difficult, as the message became incoherent due to the countless typos and a function in the cell phone in which words are spelt out for you if you hit a certain combination of keys. For example, when typing the word “of”, sometimes the result would be “me” instead. Because one of our team didn’t bring his cell phone, it proved difficult to circulate the message without the use of email.

1.2 – Errors and complications

A common aspect of all technologies was the ‘copy & paste’ function. This function was very useful because it insured that none of the message would be altered or lost if we were to retype the message. The only downside to this formidable function is if the original message was already corrupted.  Also, each of the technologies requires the access to certain devices and the internet, so any means of communication relies most on particular platforms, i.e. computers and the internet.  The critical problem that arose during the lab was the inconsistency of our own team members. Some members of our group did not have the specific technology that we had chosen for this activity, such as a cell phone, or a facebook account. It was also relatively difficult to get everyone online or available to check the message as soon as it was sent, so there was a lag during the flow of message. This increased the amount of time it took for our group to get the message across. Not having access to any of the four media we chose proved to increase the level of difficulty when trying to transfer messages. Through this lab, we realized that technology is a valuable asset when we want to deliver and receive messages accurately and quickly but only when everyone has access to the same form of communication technology.  One other delay in passing the message was copying it from the main computer.  People who had their laptops were quick in send the message to their teammates than us, since they just had to do some clicks, whereas, we had to retype the on to our computer.


The Process

Part 1 – Facebook
“It is impossible to understand social cultural changes without a knowledge of the working’s of media.”

The Instigator:  Gus

Receiver #1 :  Atish

Receiver #2 :  Guanchenn

Receiver #3 :  Spencer

Receiver #4 :  Aslan

The Finisher :  Ian


First, the message was passed around to everyone to go on Facebook, as it was the quickest way of information transfer.  Below is an email Spencer sent out telling everyone to go on Facebook. Once, on Facebook we used the Facebook chat feature, this feature was used for  all Parts as well for getting people to check their various communication technologies. Gus started the chain by “copy and pasting” the message into the chat box, and from there everyone transferred it along the line quite quickly.

Part 2 – SFU Email

“Our “Age of Anxiety ” is , in great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tool with yesterday’s concept.”

The Instigator:  Atish

Receiver #1 :  Guanchen

Receiver #2 :  Spencer

Receiver #3 :  Aslan

Receiver #4 :  Ian

The Finisher :  Gus


SFU Webmail was the easiest to work with. We basically purged the inbox and relayed the message back to the founder.


Part 3 – Morse Code
“Students of modern are persistently attacked as evaders, idly concentrating on means or processes rather than on “substance”. The dramatic and rapid changes of substance elude the accuser.”

The Instigator:  Guanchen

Receiver #1 :  Spencer

Receiver #2 :  Aslan

Receiver #3 :  Ian

Receiver #4 :  Gush

The Finisher :  Atish

Using a Morse code translator from we were able to cipher the message.

Every member in the team broke the code down with the online Morse code translator for checking the spelling of the words. Then each of the team members ciphered the code back to Morse code and pass it along to the next person. Although Morse code was the most complicated form of communication technology we used among the four technologies, it still accomplished the communication task with no errors in the message.

Part 4 – The Cell Phone

“Survival is not possible if one approaches his environment, the social drama, with a fixed unchangeable point of view the witless repetitive response to the unperceived.”
The Instigator:  Spencer

Receiver #1 :  Aslan

Receiver #2 :  Ian

Receiver #3 :  Gus

Receiver #4 :  Atish

The Finisher :  Guanchen

Since a fellow team member lacked a phone, we had to transfer the message partially via email. In the end, because of all the typing errors on Spencer’s Moto Adventure using T9, the message ended up like it is above. Using cell phones to relay messages proved not only complex but time consuming. A keypad would’ve worked best, but still, a group is as fast as its slowest member. In this case, we would have all required keypad phones, which is funny, because a phone is meant to be used verbally. Furthermore, difficulties surfaced when a team member lacked a cell phone. From there on, the message was relayed by email, then back to phone where it found its way back to its founder.



  1. cool story, bro

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