Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Manning, Jimmie

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Communication

LCSH

Electronic villages (Computer networks)||Computer networks--Social aspects||Interpersonal relations--Social aspects

Abstract

This interpretive qualitative study was established to explore the differences and similarities between the benefits gained through online and offline community membership as well as the emotions that are commonly present during conversations between community members. Through an online survey, responses were collected in order to create a typology of benefits as well as emotions discussed within each type of community (either offline of online). The researchers discovered a variety of differences as well as similarities that expand the current research on the field of communication community scholarship.

Comments

Advisors: Jimmie Manning.||Committee members: Ferald Bryan; Mary Lynn Henningsen.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

vii, 88 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Text

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