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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 systemExpand
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Cultural Cognitive Style and Web Design: Beyond a Behavioral Inquiry into Computer-Mediated Communication
We propose a new theoretical construct, referred to as cultural cognition theory (CCT), and explore its applicability to understanding Web designer cultural cognitive styles. Expand
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Storytelling Neighborhood
This article develops and tests a communication infrastructure model of belonging among dwellers of urban residential environments through the use of multilingual data collection to discover the relevant factors that determine belonging in new and old immigrant communities. Expand
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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)Expand
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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” ofExpand
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From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Virtual Community Discourse and the Dilemma of Modernity
  • S. Matei
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.
  • 23 June 2006
This article analyzes postings to 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. Expand
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Real and Virtual Social Ties
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 authorsExpand
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Wikipedia's “Neutral Point of View”: Settling Conflict through Ambiguity
This article discusses how one of the most important Wikipedia policies, the “neutral point of view” (NPOV), is appropriated and interpreted by the participants in the Wikipedia project. Expand
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The Impact of State-Level Social Capital on the Emergence of Virtual Communities
The paper analyzes the 48 contiguous states of the Union and their ability to create and maintain online communities (Yahoo! groups). Multiple regression analysis indicates that the number of onlineExpand
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Pareto's 80/20 law and social differentiation: A social entropy perspective
Unequal contributions to social media, whereby a vast amount of content is produced by a limited number of users, need a better, theoretically grounded explanation. The present paper argues thatExpand
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