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THE INTERNET: EFFECTIVE ONLINE COMMUNICATION is a practical introduction to the Internet with a strong grounding in communication theories. What makes this text unique is its perspective: less technical than most how-to books, with a greater focus on how communication principles apply to this new medium, and more practical and accessible than most theoretical books. This blend of theory and practice makes the text invaluable to introductory courses in computer-mediated communication, Internet communication, contemporary media, and even basic communication courses.
Part I: Entering Cyberspace: History and Characteristics of the Internet. 1. How Did We Get Here? The Development of a New Medium. 2. What is it? Characteristics of the Medium. Part II: Personal Communication: Interpersonal Interfaces of the Internet. 3. Don''t Just Hit Reply! Effectively Using E-Mail, Listservs, and Newsgroups. 4. Shall We Chat in the Dungeon? Effectively Using Via Text-Based Multiuser Synchronous Interfaces. 5. Will That Be with or without Video? Effective Net Conferencing. Part III: Preparing for Communication: Researching on the Internet. 6. Where Do I Find It? Searching the Web. 7. What Do I Do with It? Evaluating and Citing What you Find. Part IV: Public Communication: Creating WebPages. 8. What a Tangled Web We Weave! The Basics of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). 9. Eyesore or Eye Candy? Designing WebPages. 10. Bring on the Multimedia! Graphics and Beyond. Part V: Exiting Cyberspace: Implications of the Internet. 11. What about My MTV? Impacts on Traditional Media. 12. What about My Rights? The Internet and U.S. Law. 13. What about My Life? Society, Individuals, and the Internet.