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A brief overview of computer mediated communication.

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  1. 1. Chapter 4 Computer-Mediated Communication
  2. 2. Computer-Mediated Communication <ul><li>The exchange of messages carried through an intervening system or digital electronic storage and transmitted between two or more people . </li></ul>
  3. 3. CMC Includes… Instant Messaging
  4. 4. CMC Includes… Blogs
  5. 5. CMC Includes… Email
  6. 6. CMC Includes… Text Messaging
  7. 7. CMC Includes… Social Networking Sites (SNS)
  8. 8. CMC Includes… Multi User Domains (MUDs)
  9. 9. CMC Includes… Internet
  10. 10. CMC Includes… World Wide Web
  11. 11. CMC and the Individual <ul><li>Identity </li></ul>
  12. 12. CMC and the Individual <ul><li>Multiple Identity </li></ul>
  13. 13. CMC and the Individual <ul><li>Anonymity </li></ul>
  14. 14. CMC and the Individual <ul><li>Psuedoanonymity and Identity Tourism </li></ul>
  15. 15. CMC and the Individual <ul><li>Relationship Development </li></ul><ul><li>~ Friendship </li></ul><ul><li>~ Romantic Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>~ Work Relationships </li></ul>
  16. 16. Who is online? <ul><li>Young - middle aged </li></ul><ul><li>Have a college degree or are currently students </li></ul><ul><li>Have a comfortable income </li></ul><ul><li>Are physically able-bodied </li></ul>
  17. 17. What keeps people offline? <ul><li>Technocapital – access to technological skills and resources </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Global “Digital Divide” *As of 2005 – Source: World Internet Users and Population Stats
  19. 19. Closing the Digital Divide…Two Theories <ul><li>Diffusion of Innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Four Levels of Technocapital </li></ul>
  20. 20. On March 15, 1985, became the first Internet domain. Science fiction writer William Gibson had coined the term “cyberspace” in his novel Neuromancer only the year before.