M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Communication
Electronic villages (Computer networks); Computer networks--Social aspects; Interpersonal relations--Social aspects
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.
Wieland, Maureen J., "Benefits and emotions present in offline and online communities : a taxonomic analysis" (2016). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1628.
vii, 88 pages
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