Computer-Mediated Communication: Human-to-Human Communication Across the Internet / Edition 1

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All manner of computer-mediated communication, or CMC, is considered in this textbook by Barnes (Rochester Institute of Technology, New York). The phenomenon of CMC, its development and current research, and the three types of Internet communication—interpersonal, human-computer- interaction, and informational— are described at length. The remainder of the text describes the process of CMC interactions, CMC and group communication, and CMC and society. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205321452
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/11/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Computer-Mediated Communication.

Computer-Mediated Communication.

CMC Genres.

CMC as Media Environments.

2. Characteristics of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Internet Characteristics.



Characteristics of CMC.

CMC and Frame Theory.

Play and Flow Theory.

3. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Development of Human-Computer Interaction.

Human-Computer Interaction and Cognitive Theory.

Intelligent Agents.

Computer as Social Actors (CAS) Model.

4. The Web.

Web Characteristics.

Mass Media and the Web.

Types of Web Sites.

Evaluating Web Sites.

Uses and Gratification Models for Evaluating Web Usage.


5. Language and the Internet.

Orality and Literacy.

Figurative Language and Metaphor.

Language and Action.

Speech-Act Theory.

Language Usage and CMC.

Rhetoric and the Internet.

6. Presenting Oneself Online.

Traditional Concepts of Identity.

Internet and Self Identity.

The Presentation of Self.


Research on Identity and the Internet.

7. Internet Interpersonal Relationships.

Motives for Online Interaction.

Online Relationships.

Online Relationship Development.

Criteria for Examining Computer-Mediated Interpersonal Relationships.

CMC Impression Management Model.


8. CMC in Organizations.

The Networked Organization and CMC.

CMC and Electronic Commerce.

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) Applications.

Organizational Adoption of the Web.

Approaches to Organizational CMC Research.

9. Online Games.

Historical Overview of Computer Games.

MUDs and Social Behavior.

MUD Genres.

Web-based Games.

Brenda Laurel's Theatre Model.

10. Educational Contexts.

Using Computers in Educational Contexts.

Informatics and Education.

Developing CMC Skills.

Education and CMC Genres.

Issues Concerning CMC in Education.

Evaluating Face-to-Face versus Computer-Mediated Classroom Discussion.

11. Virtual Communities.

The Development of Virtual Communities.

Case Study: VC-L.

Types of Online Communities.

Social Identification/Deindividuation (SIDE) Theory.


12. Disruptive Online Behavior.

Disruptive Behavior in CMC.

Disruptive Behavior and Social Concerns.

A Model for Comparing Codes of Conduct.

13. Anonymity, Privacy and Copyright.

Free Speech and the Internet.

Anonymity Issues.

Privacy Issues.

Copyright Issues.

A Model for Regulating Cyberspace.

14. Democracy and the Internet.

Digital Cities.

American Politics and the Internet.

The Internet and Democracy.

A Resource Model of Digitally Mediated Political Life.

15. Communicating in the Global Village.

The Global Village.

The Global Information Society.

Theories About Technology & Society Relationships.


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