The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

Complementary Explorative Data Analysis: The Reconciliation of Quantitative and Qualitative Principles

Complementary explorative data analysis: The reconciliation of quantitative and qualitative principles
FaySudweeksSimeon J.Simoff

For many people around the globe, the Internet has become the place where they instinctively turn to for all kinds of information, particularly after the Coseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) introduced the World Wide Web (WWW or the Web) in the late 1980s. The Internet has given birth to new research fields or has diversified existing research fields connected with human activities, including computer-mediated communication (CMC), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), electronic commerce, virtual communities, virtual architecture, various virtual environments, and information design. The Web phenomenon raised a number of research issues concerning the mechanisms and rules governing Internet activities, particularly the ...

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