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ERIC Number: EJ1082077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
Enthusiastic, Realistic and Critical: Discourses of Internet Use in the Context of Everyday Life Information Seeking
Savolainen, Reijo
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v10 n1 Oct 2004
Based on the interviews of eighteen participants, the ways in which people talk about their source preferences with regard to the Internet in everyday life information seeking were investigated by using discourse analysis. Three major interpretative repertoires were identified: Enthusiastic, Realistic and Critical. The Enthusiastic repertoire emphasizes the strengths of the Internet, conceiving it as a great enabler or as a technology of freedom. In this repertoire, positive expressions such as fast, easy and interactive are favoured. In the Realistic repertoire, the source preferences are constructed as situation-bound choices. The Internet is given no absolute priority but its value is seen to depend on the relative advantages in specific situations. No sources or channels are superior by themselves but their value is contingent on the use situation and its specific requirements. Finally, the Critical repertoire is characterized by a reserved standpoint to the advantages brought by the Internet. Central to this repertoire is the critical view on the low amount of relevant information available in the Internet and the poor organization of networked information, rendering effective information seeking difficult. Due to their ideal-typical nature, the above repertoires are rather independent. However, in the everyday discursive practices, the repertoires are used alternately, and the same speaker may shift from one repertoire to another within the same account.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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