The Social Data in Conversations
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1. Write a short (2 - 4 page) analysis of the interactions in a newsgroup.
Some of the questions you should think about include:
Tie your analysis in with the readings. Is there a notion of footing? What
are the backchannels in these conversations?
What constitutes a "conversation"? How do threads emerge, mutate, disappear?
What is the social structure of the group: do the participants seem to
know each other? are there distinct subgroups? are there problematic participants?If
so, how do the other members deal with them?
How is identity established by a writer - and how do participants indicate
the impression they have of each other?
How do the participants use the medium to convey social information (e.g.
turn-taking, agreement/disagreement,etc.)? Are there discernable gradations
of communicative competence within the group?
2. What does this conversation "looks" like? Illustrate your analysis
with sketches of its structure, of the participants, etc.
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