ERIC Number: ED421171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Interaction Management Strategies on IRC and Virtual Chat Rooms.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an electronic medium that combines orthographic form with real time, synchronous transmission in an unregulated global multi-user environment. The orthographic letters mediate the interaction in that users can only access the IRC session through reading and writing; they have no access to any visual representations at all. In addition to all the characteristics that IRC has, the 3-D virtual environment supports users with three-dimensional graphics that represent an individual through the use of an avatar in a virtual environment. This research examines the extent to which 3-D virtual chat differs from text-only IRC chat, and proposes an explanatory framework for 3-D chat for interaction management. The interaction management strategies found in the data have been categorized under a single general heading: opening phase and invitation. These phases are discussed in terms of their similarities and differences to IRC; the functions they appear to serve are discussed in terms of two subheadings: interpersonal goals, and level of experience and acquaintance. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: "SITE 98: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (9th, Washington, DC, March 10-14, 1998). Proceedings"; see IR 018 794.