Comparing Computer-Mediated Communication

Authored by: Kevin B. Wright , Joshua Averbeck

Handbook of Comparative Communication Research

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415802710
eBook ISBN: 9780203149102
Adobe ISBN: 9781136514241

10.4324/9780203149102.ch5

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Abstract

In the past decade, we have witnessed a tremendous increase in Internet use and computer-mediated communication (CMC) research. As an increasing amount of communicative activity takes place through this new medium, there has likewise been a significant increase in primary CMC research over the past 15 years on a variety of topics, including virtual communities, online relationships, online news, virtual organizations, political, cross-cultural communication, and a variety of other aspects of CMC (Cassidy, 2007; Flaherty, Pearce, & Rubin, 1998; Jarvis & Wilkerson, 2005; Nonnecke, Preece, Andrews, & Voutour, 2004; Walther, 1996; Walther & Boyd, 2002; Wright, 2004).

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