Doing Internet Research: Critical Issues and Methods for Examining the Net / Edition 1

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The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

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Editorial Reviews

Thirteen studies question the wisdom of using the existing arsenal of research methods and theories in the study of the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around the Internet. Coverage includes the use of interactive features to help generate a more accurate picture of a site's audience; the differences between traditional texts and the WWW text; the ethics of doing naturalistic discourse research on the Internet; the study of social relations in cyberspace; and foundations and goals of computer-mediated communication (CMC) research. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761915959
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jones is professor and head of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author/editor of numerous books, including Doing Internet Research, The Encyclopedia of New Media, Cyber Society, and Virtual Culture. He is co-founder and president of the Association of Internet Researchers and co-editor of New Media & Society, an international journal of research on new media, technology, and culture. He also edits New Media Cultures, a series of books on culture and technology for Sage Publications, and Digital Formations, a series of books on new media for Peter Lang Publishers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - James T Costigan
Forests, Trees and Internet Research
Studying the Net - Steve Jones
Intricacies and Issues
Complementary Explorative Data Analysis - Fay Sudweeks and Simeon J Simoff
The Reconciliation of Quantitative and Qualitative Principles
Recontextualizing 'Cyberspace' - Lori Kendall
Methodological Considerations for On-line Research
Studying On-line Social Networks - Laura Garton, Caroline Haythornthwaite and Barry Wellman
Cybertalk and the Method of Instances - Norman K Denzin
Configuring as a Mode of Rhetorical Analysis - James J Sosnoski
From Paper-and-Pencil to Screen-and-Keyboard - Diane F Witmer, Robert W Colman and Sandra Lee Katzman
Toward a Methodology for Survey Research on the Internet
Measuring Internet Audiences - Margaret Mc Laughlin et al
Patrons of an On-line Art Museum
Analyzing the Web - Ananda Mitra and Elisia Cohen
Directions and Challenges
There is a There There - Jan Fernback
Notes toward a Definition of Cybercommunity
Researching and Creating Community Networks - Teresa M Harrison and Timothy Stephen
Beyond Netiquette - Barbara F Sharf
The Ethics of Doing Naturalistic Discourse Research on the Internet
Thinking the Internet - Jonathan Sterne
Cultural Studies versus the Millennium

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