The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin hosted a lecture by Jeremy Birnholtz titled, "Butler Lies: Media, Deception and Availability Management in Everyday Life" on Feb. 28, 2013.

Birnholtz, an assistant professor at Northwestern University, discussed a series of research studies that look at how individuals use new media such as texting, IM and email to manage their availability.

The studies highlight how people use media strategically and often, deceptively, to explain and coordinate their behavior. Other topics covered include availability management by drawing on the technical features of media, the social norms of media usage, and the willingness of others to accept deception.

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