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ERIC Number: ED355572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 9
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A Social Influence Model of Flaming in Computer-Mediated Communication.
Thompsen, Philip A.
This paper explores the phenomenon of "flaming," which has been typically cited as an antisocial effect of computer-mediated communication. The paper discusses the diverse range of conceptual and operational definitions of flaming found in the literature. The paper offers a four-point critique of previous theoretical explanations of flaming, and suggests an alternative definition of flaming, which asserts both a behavioral and interpretive dimension to flaming. Drawing from the work of J. Fulk, J. Schmitz, and C. W. Steinfield, the paper then develops a social influence model of flaming that provides a more flexible and powerful approach than previous theories, while yielding potentially useful insights to guide future research. A figure representing the model is included. (Contains 56 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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