The Metaphysics of Communications Overload

  • Richard H. R. Harper
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8045)


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.


Communications human activity overload moral common sense reasoning scientific concepts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. R. Harper
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  1. 1.Microsoft Research CambridgeUK

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