Network and Netplay Virtual Groups on the Internet
- List Price: $40.00
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Mit Pr
- Publish date: 02/01/1998
- ISBN: 9780262692069
- ISBN10: 0262692066
The convergence of computer and communication technologies creates a social convergence as well. People meet in chat rooms and discussion groups to converse on everything from auto mechanics to post-modern art. Networked groups form virtually and on-the-fly, as common interests dictate. Like interpersonal communication, the networks are participatory, their content made up by their audience. Like mass-mediated communication, they involve large audiences. But the networks are neither purely interpersonal nor purely mass -- they are a new phenomenon.
Network and Netplay addresses the mutual influences between information technology and group formation and development, to assess the impact of computer-mediated communications on both work and play. Areas discussed include the growth and features of the Internet, network norms and experiences, the essential nature of network communication.