The dynamism of 2channel
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“2channel” is the most popular online-community site in Japan, where millions of people are discussing or chitchatting about various topics. The communication in 2channel shows dynamic social phenomena such as positive/negative communication, polarization of opinions, slander called flaming, etc. In this paper, we assume the existence of underlying prevailing structures that motivate people’s participation. The structural equation model of 2channel, which is obtained on the basis of observed collective actions about people’s thought, emotions and motivations, shows the uniformity and regularities in complex human communication in 2channel.
Keywords2channel Dynamism SEM Structural equation model
We greatly give our thanks to Shintaro Azechi, assistant professor of Hokkaido Tokai University, who gave us the idea of using SEM. We also express our deepest gratitude to three anonymous reviewers whose comments greatly contributed to improve the discussions.
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