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dc.contributor.advisorTrepagnier, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorBarnett, Kristina ( )
dc.identifier.citationBarnett, K. (2008). Community in the blogosphere: The social construction of textual community (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.description.abstractSome worry that people’s connection to each other is declining in contemporary society. I join the chorus of theorists who object to this notion and argue that people’s connections are changing instead of disappearing. In this thesis, I qualitatively investigate one new mode of human connection: blogging. Based on 34 online interviews, I describe the experience of blogging from the perspective of bloggers. I find that although the blogosphere may appear to be just another new type of broadcast medium through which people seek fleeting moments of micro-celebrity, blogs are interactive, and bloggers are community builders. Many are more focused on forming and maintaining rich online relationships than gaining fame. I show how bloggers experience many of the same things that people in offline communities experience. Then again, I also show that community in the blogosphere is deeply affected by the differences between face-to-face interaction and asynchronous, text-based Internet interactions.
dc.format.extent93 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.subjectComputer network resources
dc.subjectSocial interaction
dc.titleCommunity in the Blogosphere: The Social Construction of Textual Community
txstate.documenttypeThesis State University--San Marcos of Arts


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