Tune In, Log Out is an ethnographic study of an Internet soap opera fan group. Bridging the fields of computer-mediated communication and audience studies, the book shows how verbal and non verbal communicative practices create collaborative interpretations and criticism, group humor, interpersonal relationships, group norms and individual identity. While much has been written about problems and inequities women have encountered online, Nancy K Baym's analysis of a female-dominated group in which female communication styles prevail demonstrates that women can build successful online communities while still welcoming male participation. In addition, a longitudinal look at the development of fan group allows an examination of the endurance of the group’s social structure in the face of the Internet’s tremendous growth. Lively and engaging, Tune In, Log Out provides an entertaining introduction to issues of online and audience community.

Futureflash: 5 Years Later

Futureflash: 5 years later

I have been describing rec.arts.tv.soaps (r.a.t.s.) at a particular point in the Internet's history. The Internet of the early 1990s was undergoing incredible expansion, but that growth pales in comparison to what has happened since then. At the time I stopped collecting data in 1993, to have access to the Internet one generally needed to have a job that provided an account, to be a student at a university that provided accounts, or to have a spouse with an account. The overwhelming majority of users were male. America Online, which had more than 13 million subscribers in late 1998, was a small new business that connected to the rest of the Internet only through e-mail. The World Wide ...

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