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作者 Nocasian, Mihaela V
書名 Creating community over the Net: A case study of Romanian online journalism
國際標準書號 9780542666704
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說明 228 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-04, Section: A, page: 1137
Adviser: Marilyn J. Young
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Florida State University, 2005
This dissertation is a rhetorical examination of a virtual community that has developed around Formula As---a Romanian print and Web based publication that over the course of fourteen years has built a readership of eight million despite the unstable Romanian transition media environment. The purpose of this study is to help understand the manner in which the Formula As magazine brings together a geographically fragmented public into a community and explore the role of storytelling in the rhetorical construction of this community. The dissertation employs an eclectic theoretical perspective and a rhetorical-based methodology. This study's theoretical framework brings together concepts from different areas of inquiry such as virtual community and computer-mediated communication, public sphere, interactive journalism, and hermeneutics. Fisher's narrative paradigm serves as the interpretive lens that is used in this study to gain insight into the dynamic of building community among the readers of the Formula As magazine. To uncover the distinctiveness of the Formula As community, this study proposes a virtual community conceptual model containing six conditions---community self-reference, common interests and goals, membership boundaries, shared history, common discursive space, and interactivity
One of the major findings of this study is that at a very basic level, virtual communities are quite similar. The Formula As readers are brought together in an imagined community that has social reality for them. The shared Romanian cultural memory, flexible group boundaries, and the exchange of naturistic remedies information and cooperation in humanitarian work enable Formula As participants to develop a history together. At a fundamental level, the Formula As community members sustain connections and imagine themselves and others as constituting a community through the shared practices of interpreting the community texts and making public participants' stories of involvement with the magazine's community. From a rhetorical perspective, this study revealed that in the Formula As community, storytelling provides participants with a safe avenue for disclosing sensitive personal information while the discursive space of the magazine becomes the locus for shaping public opinion on a series of specific social issues
School code: 0071
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-04A
主題 Journalism
Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Mass Communications
Information Science
Alt Author The Florida State University
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