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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories Part Two: Approaches and Methods Part Three: Technologies & Business Models Part Four: Practices & Problems Part Five: Social, Cultural & Economic Domains

Early Social Computing: The Rise and Fall of the BBS Scene (1977–1995)
Early social computing: The rise and fall of the BBS scene (19771995)
Aaron Delwiche

In 1976, the long sixties were over. American troops had left Vietnam after almost two decades of grueling warfare, and 18-year-olds had finally been awarded the right to vote in state and federal elections. Alex Haley's (1976) novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family spent more than five months at the top of the bestseller list, and 16,000 activists marched in Springfield, Illinois to show their support for the Equal Rights Amendment. Much had changed during the previous decades on almost every front, but our global communication landscape remained largely unchanged in fundamental ways. ...

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