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Storytelling Neighborhood Paths to Belonging in Diverse Urban Environments
This article develops and tests a communication infrastructure model of belonging among dwellers of urban residential environments. The concept of a communication infrastructure—a storytelling system
Storytelling Neighborhood
Overall, the most important factor in creating belonging was found to be an active and integrated storytelling system that involves residents, community organizations, and local media.
Cultural Cognitive Style and Web Design: Beyond a Behavioral Inquiry into Computer-Mediated Communication
This study explores issues related to Web designers’ cultural cognitive styles and their impact on user responses and proposes a broader model, referred to as ‘‘cultural cognition theory,’’ by which Web design is seen as being shaped by cultural cognitive processes that impact the designers' cognitive style.
Fear and Misperception of Los Angeles Urban Space
GIS modeling and spatial-statistical analyses reveal that fear perceptions of Los Angeles urban space are not associated with commonly expected causes of fear, and the main source of discomfort seems to be presence of non-White and non-Asian populations.
The Internet in the Communication Infrastructure of Urban Residential Communities: Macro- or Mesolinkage?
The article refines the view that the Internet is increasingly incorporated in everyday life, concluding that the new medium has been partially integrated in the “communication infrastructure” of
A Spatial-Statistical Study of Communication-Shaped Mental Maps
Imagining urban space as being comfortable or fearful is studied as an effect of people’s connections to their residential area communication infrastructure. Geographic Information System (GIS)
From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Virtual Community Discourse and the Dilemma of Modernity
  • S. Matei
  • Sociology
    J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.
  • 23 June 2006
This article analyzes postings to the WELL conferences and the online groups that served as incubators and testing ground for the term “virtual community,” revealing how this concept was culturally shaped by the countercultural ideals of WELL users and how the tension between individualism and communitarian ideals was dealt with.
Connections in the Everyday Lives of Seven Ethnic Neighborhoods
The relationship between online and offline social ties is studied in seven Los Angeles ethnically marked residential areas. Contrary to visions proposing a zero-sum game between the two, the authors
Wikipedia's “Neutral Point of View”: Settling Conflict through Ambiguity
It is concluded that ambiguity is at the heart of the policy process on Wikipedia, and the nature of “neutrality” practiced on Wikipedia should be reconsidered.