New Media Strengths: Interactivity
Are we in a transition between a text-based communication tradition, into a model that more closely resembles a oral tradition?
Each new medium has its own strengths and weaknesses (sometimes one and the same thing)
Chatbots are an interesting type of communication.
The best offline metaphor for message boards would be graffiti and graffiti walls.
The established metaphor for chat applications is a conversation, which is completely blown apart when entering any chat room.
Everyone has something to say, however media sites should use karma-based methods to bring out the best their citizen writers.
Online chatting should be treated similarly to offline chats, spontaneous and omnipresent.
I like the idea of a community map based on themes.
Most hot button topics are far from black and white (abortion, death penalty, war, etc), this "game" would encourage readers to draw their own line in the sand.
Crosswords are a personal challenge, but it is also often an inter-personal challenge.