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2009 - International Communication Association Pages: 27 pages || Words: 8819 words || 
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1. Himelboim, Itai. "Civil Society and Online Political Forums: Network Analysis of 6 Years of Political and Philosophical Discussions in Newsgroups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2009 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p297628_index.html>
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Abstract: This study argues that patterns of computer-mediated social interactions are pivotal to understanding the contribution of the Internet to civil society. It examines – theoretically and empirically – the limitations of free, unrestricted, online social interactions on civil society. Network analysis of 35 newsgroups on politics and philosophy over six years (2001-2006) revealed a power-law degree distribution, a highly unequal distribution of replies among discussion participants. Furthermore, the extent to which the distribution is skewed increased with size. The larger and more active a newsgroup, the more disproportionate the distribution of replies and the more unlikely most participants to attract attention to messages they posted. These patterns of communication work against some of the cornerstones of civil society: equality, informed citizenry and diversity of channels for associations.

2011 - Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 148 words || 
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2. Vélez Agosto, Nicole. "A Grounded Theory about Suicide Narratives on Internet Newsgroups: Construction and Media Contagion of Suicide" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain Illini Union, Urbana, IL, May 17, 2011 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494705_index.html>
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Abstract: This paper is about preliminary findings of a dissertation about the construction of grounded theory from suicide narratives in two Internet newsgroups: alt.suicide.holiday (ASH) and alt.suicide.methods (ASM). ASH and ASM have been a focus of research mainly from post-positivist and quantitative perspectives. The first aim of this research is to analyze some suicide narratives archived in the newsgroups websites in order to construct a grounded theory. Constructive grounded theory methods and some of Potter and Wetherell discourse analysis strategies will be used. A second aim is to establish a flexible, non-exhaustive guide for using constructivist grounded theory on Internet newsgroups. The theoretical framework are the epistemological and ontological assumptions of constructivist grounded theory and the researcher's which are social constructionism, identity construction in cyberspace and the complexity paradigm. Since grounded theory is an inductive method, no theoretical framework about suicide narratives will be considered before analysis.

2013 - Ninth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 143 words || 
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3. Vélez-Agosto, Nicole. "A Grounded Theory about Suicide Narratives on Internet Newsgroups: Construction and Media Contagion of Suicide" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ninth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May 15, 2013 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p643955_index.html>
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Abstract: This paper presents the findings of a dissertation about the construction of a grounded theory from suicide narratives in two Internet newsgroups: alt.suicide.holiday (ASH) and alt.suicide.methods (ASM). ASH and ASM have been a focus of research mainly from post-positivist and quantitative perspectives. Constructive grounded theory methods and Potter and Wetherell discourse analysis strategies were used. The emerging theory, as a result of this research was the Suicide Media Construction of a Virtual Community. Under this framework, discussion groups ASH and ASM are a virtual community in which suicide is constructed as a virtual and shared experience among the participants of the community and allows varied views about suicide that can’t be done through other venues because of prejudice. Among those views is that suicide is as an existential choice and an action oriented towards a future to deal with perceived pain and anguish.

2003 - American Association for Public Opinion Research Words: 306 words || 
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4. Fan, David. "Relationship between Survey Questions, Newsgroup Content, and Mainstream News Coverage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Sheraton Music City, Nashville, TN, Aug 16, 2003 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p116376_index.html>
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Abstract: This paper considers American survey questions about Iraq beginning with the September 11, 2001 terrorists attack on the United States. The study ended in October 2002 when Congress authorized the use of military force. Early survey question wording assumed that Iraq was linked to the war-on-terror while later questions separated the two issues.

This paper relates the changes in question wording to text mentioning both Iraq and war-on-terror in: (1) all 5907 news stories in 108 American newspapers, newsmagazines, news wires, and broadcast transcripts archived in the Nexis electronic database, and (2) 16476 of 38941 (42 percent-) usenet messages archived by Google. All text was entered into the InfoTrend computer system for content analysis of text (Fan, 1988, Predictions of public opinion from the mass media: Computer content analysis and mathematical modeling, Greenwood Press).

The news and newsgroup texts were scored for linkage or separation of Iraq and the war-on-terror. In a weekly time trend for the year of the study, newsgroups consistently had about 15 percent- more content separating Iraq from the war-on-terror than the mainstream press. However, both time trends showed a decrease in linkage of Iraq with the war-on-terror at the same time that survey questions also uncoupled the two ideas.

It was unexpected that newsgroup content should move in lockstep with mainstream American news over time because prior studies showed that disenfranchised groups used newsgroups to communicate with like minded people (e.g. Russell, 65(2001)399-413, The Zapatistas online: shifting the discourse of globalization, Gazette). This synchrony was maintained despite many usenet posters not being Americans as evidenced by non-U.S. addresses (e.g. 15 percent- had .uk for United Kingdom; 1.3 percent- had .il for Israel; and 0.9 percent- had uruklink for Iraq). Non-American users are probably underestimated since many of them have American email addresses through providers like Hotmail.

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