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Discursive Coherence in CMC

Presented in Netspeak class at Georgetown University to help discuss the topic of discursive coherence in CMC.

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Discursive Coherence in CMC

  1. 1. Discursive Coherence in CMC Do you hear me?
  2. 2. Inconsistencies <ul><li>Difficult to track and actually define whether people are hearing one another </li></ul><ul><li>Depends on the case and the person </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some people view Computer Mediated Communication as a form of personal and intimate communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>While others feel it is impersonal and cold </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Personal CMC
  4. 4. A Language of Its Own <ul><li>A language of its own </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Netspeak </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MMOGaming – members of this community are able to understand one another </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>While outsiders may have a difficult time understanding the terminology and slang used in this virtual space – incoherence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Games
  6. 6. Culture of Participation <ul><li>Different CMC platforms have individual cultural patterns associated with each </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Residents of these cultures are able to understand what is going on and participate if they feel comfortable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Those who are newbies may have a more difficult time fitting in and therefore less inclined to participate </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Coherence of Twitter
  8. 8. Participation of a Thread <ul><li>Oct. 10, 2010 - Dec. 10, 2010: 17 individuals </li></ul><ul><li>26 social gatherings proposed - nine or 34.6% proposals came to fruition </li></ul><ul><li>Single male individuals made 17 of the proposals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Next highest was three made by two separate individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 made by men, 8 by women </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>Participation is often based on rewards. </li></ul>

Presented in Netspeak class at Georgetown University to help discuss the topic of discursive coherence in CMC.

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