Social Interaction on the Net: Virtual Community as Participatory

  title={Social Interaction on the Net: Virtual Community as Participatory},
  author={Thomas Erickson},
The phrase “virtual comrnunio” is ofen used to describe long term, computer-mediated conversations amongst large groups. This paper suggests that such conversations may be better viewed as instances of a participatory genre, rather than as communiv. A genre-oriented analysis is useful became it encourages a focus on the medium within which the discourse is embodied. As an example we analyze an on-line conversation from the perspective of genre: we identifi its communicative purpose… CONTINUE READING
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