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The Digital Folklore of Cyberculture and Digital Humanities
A method of obtaining information and familiarizing oneself with an online culture. It involves observing a given space without interfering in it.
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A Methodological Guide for the Study of Online Communities
Alkistis Dalkavouki (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4461-0.ch013
The chapter will instruct readers into the fundamentals of online social research, filling a vital, instructional gap in the literature. After a summary of the theoretical path towards digital ethnography and a description of the discipline's overall strengths, the chapter will begin a practical breakdown of the research planning and execution processes. This will follow the following steps: preparation and entrée, sample design, quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, and ethical considerations. All the above will be informed by the researcher's own experience and will be geared towards under- or post-grad anthropology and ethnography students with some experience with online spaces.
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Peer-to-Peer Health-Related Online Support Groups
When an individual does not actively post messages to a discussion forum but rather passively reads messages.
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Lurking and Information Sharing on E-Commerce Sites
Describe the act of joining an online community with the aim of passively participating for a period of time before making a decision to actively participate in the community.
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Impoliteness as a Model for Virtual Speech Community Building
visiting a website but never participating; watching the interaction as strict observer
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