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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 251–266 | Cite as

“Anonymity is part of the magic”: Individual manipulation of computer-mediated communication contexts

  • David Myers
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Abstract

This study looks at the behavior of self-selected users of an electronic bulletin board system (BBS). Its goal is to investigate the reported lack of social context cues in computer mediated communication contexts. Using participant observation methods, the study demonstrates how BBS users establish online identities. The study also identifies communication “leaders” who maintain their identities and leadership roles through manipulation of the BBS social context. These findings appear to contradict perspectives that characterize computer-mediated communications as “deindividuated” (Kiesler et al, 1984).

Keywords

Social Psychology Social Context Social Issue Leadership Role Cross Cultural Psychology 
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© Human Sciences Press 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Myers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationsLoyola UniversityNew Orleans

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