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Joseph B. Walther

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 24: Nonverbal Dynamics in Computer-Mediated Communication or: (And the Net: ('S with You, :) and You :) Alone

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Nonverbal Dynamics in Computer-Mediated Communication or: (And the Net: ('S with You, :) and You :) Alone
Nonverbal dynamics in computer-mediated communication or: (And the net: ('S with you, :) and you :) alone

It may seem ironic, at first glance, to review research on nonverbal communication in the realm of computer-mediated communication (CMC). A considerable history of theory and research suggests that CMC differs from face-to-face (FtF) communication precisely on account of the lack of nonverbal cues in the new medium, and, that as a result, CMC offers meager social meaning and limited value. As is known to the blind and deaf, who cannot use all the cues that those with sight and hearing can use, or to distant lovers, who depend on written letters ...

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