ERIC Number: EJ638902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
First Things First: Internet Relay Chat Openings.
Rintel, E. Sean; Mulholland, Joan; Pittam, Jeffery
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, v6 n3 Apr 2001
Argues that Internet Relay Chat (IRC) research needs to systematically address links between interaction structures, technological mediation and the instantiation and development of interpersonal relationships. Finds that openings that occur directly following user's entries into public IRC channels are often ambiguous, can disrupt relationship development, and lead to considerable emphasis on interactive strategies for the clear ordering of opening phases. (RS)
Descriptors: Communication Research, Computer Mediated Communication, Higher Education, Internet, Interpersonal Relationship, Research Needs
The Annenberg School for Communication, the University of Southern California. Full text at: http://www.ascusc.org/jcmc/vol6/issue3/rintel.html.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A