Computer-Mediated Communication: Emerging Media and Themes

Computer-Mediated Communication: Emerging Media and Themes

Adams B. Bodomo (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-868-0.ch012
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Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), with particular reference to linguistics and Literacy and how the technologies that drive this exciting area of research can be applied for natural language education, is a fast changing discipline. About every month a new technology is introduced by one company or the other that has the potential to impact the discipline in profound ways. So much so that it is hard for a research academic to pretend that at any one moment in time one can capture a representative snap-shot of the discipline that can stand the test of time. New technologies - new media, new issues - new themes are constantly emerging, and it is fitting to emphasize these new technologies and new themes in the final chapter of the book.
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Facebook As A New Medium For Cmc

In the early parts of 2004, a new online social networking community involving college students in the university putting up their personal information on the web and using it as a platform to keep in touch with friends was formed. Facebook, the new CMC medium, would become one of the most popular websites and now attracts more than a 100 million participants. Its popularity has increased so much so that not only the youth but some prominent members of older generations, such as businessmen and politicians, even use it to get in touch with customers, constituents and other target groups.

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