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Human Communication on the Internet, 1st edition

  • Leonard Shedletsky
  • Joan E. Aitken

Published by Pearson (September 22nd 2003) - Copyright © 2004

1st edition

Human Communication on the Internet

ISBN-13: 9780205360314

Includes: Paperback
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Human Communication on the Internet explores how the Internet influences us to function, think, communicate, learn, change, and evolve. Covering the basic functions of the Internet, communication modes and contexts, and implications, Human Communication on the Internet offers a well-rounded look at the field of computer-mediated communication and its impact and influence on our lives.


  • Offers a Blackboard cartridge to accompany the text, offering instructors course management tools and an online forum for teaching this course as well as relevant and current scholarship and examples.
  • Suggests ways for students to apply what they're learning on the Internet alone and in online discussion groups.
  • Explains how the Internet can polarize people by causing a digital divide, dissonance, and violence, opening students' eyes to part of the “dark side” of this technology.
  • Provides definitions of key concepts to help students understand and review the material.
  • Includes an appendix that helps students learn how to do effective research on the Internet.
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Table of contents

Each chapter includes “Focus,” “Reflection,” “Case for Discussion,” “Internet Investigation,” and “Concepts for Analysis.”


1. Introduction: Underpinning Ideas.



End Users.

Paradoxical Implications.
2. Process of Human Communication on the Internet.

Developmental Perspective.

Why Study Human Communication on the Internet?

Communication Media.

Models of Communication.
3. Tensions of Internet Communication.



Theoretical Roots.

Humanist versus Behavioralist Approach.

Adoption and Diffusion.

Informing and Conversing.


4. Informatics.


Research Communication.

Scholarly Communication.

Quality, Primary Sources about Communication.

Online Databases.

Skill Section: Online Search.


Journalism and Internet Scholarship.

Communicating Scholarly Research Online.

Online Scholarly Discussion Groups.
5. The Play of Internet Communication.

The Play of the Internet.

Play of Computer Games.

Playful Metaphors.

Example Metaphor.

Interplay between Internet and Communication Principles.

Skill Section: Communication Design on the Web.
6. Polarization of People.

Intensification of Polarization.

Digital Divide or Technical Together?

Cognitive Dissonance.

Video Games.


Hoaxes, Rumors, and Myths.

Internet Addiction.

Hostile Metaphors.


Personal Fear.

Hate Speech.

Fear of Terrorism.

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