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Of Wikis, Blogs, and Social Networks: The Role of Online Communities in Disseminating News, Entertainment, and Information

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The purpose of this research paper is to provide a narrative literature review to synthesize the research investigating the role of online communities in disseminating news, entertainment, information and public opinion. This research paper discusses current research endeavors relating to the theory, communicative role, characteristics and functions of online communities.
Based on reviews of the extensive literature on online communities, this research paper identifies 10 predominant research themes: (1) Innovation and Novelty, (2) Community Building and Commerce (3) Education, (4) Behaviors and Social Interaction, (5) Research Methodology, (6) Motivation and Culture, (7) Participatory Patterns, (8) Social Capital, (9) Social Networking on the Web, (10) Knowledge Contribution and Collaboration. This paper reviews and summarizes research for each research theme to identify theoretical and practical implications of online communities in the digital age.

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Wikis, Blogs, Social Networks, Online Communities, News, Entertainment, Information
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Aikat, Debashis. "Of Wikis, Blogs, and Social Networks: The Role of Online Communities in Disseminating News, Entertainment, and Information" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2009 <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301285_index.html>

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Aikat, D. , 2009-05-20 "Of Wikis, Blogs, and Social Networks: The Role of Online Communities in Disseminating News, Entertainment, and Information" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301285_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this research paper is to provide a narrative literature review to synthesize the research investigating the role of online communities in disseminating news, entertainment, information and public opinion. This research paper discusses current research endeavors relating to the theory, communicative role, characteristics and functions of online communities.
Based on reviews of the extensive literature on online communities, this research paper identifies 10 predominant research themes: (1) Innovation and Novelty, (2) Community Building and Commerce (3) Education, (4) Behaviors and Social Interaction, (5) Research Methodology, (6) Motivation and Culture, (7) Participatory Patterns, (8) Social Capital, (9) Social Networking on the Web, (10) Knowledge Contribution and Collaboration. This paper reviews and summarizes research for each research theme to identify theoretical and practical implications of online communities in the digital age.


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