MAS 963 The Social Data in Conversations

Completed assignments


Donath, Judith; Karahalios, Karrie; and Viegas, Fernanda. (draft). Visualizing conversations. To appear in Proceedings of HICSS-32 January 5-8, 1999, Maui, Hawaii. (online only)

Goffman, Erving. 1981. Footing. In Forms of Talk.

Saville-Troike, Muriel. 1982. The Ethnography of Communication. 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Basil Blackwell.
chapter 2

Sproull, Lee. and Kiesler, Sara. 1991. Connections: New Ways of Working in the Networked Organization. Cambridge: MIT Press.
chapter 4


Write a short (2 - 4 page) analysis of the interactions in a newsgroup. Some of the questions you should think about include:

What does this conversation "looks" like. Illustrate your analysis with sketches of its structure, of the participants, etc.

This assignment is due Tuesday Sept 15 by 5:00p.m. Please email the URL of your essay to