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Designing Online Communities: How Designers, Developers, Community Managers, and Software Structure Discourse and Knowledge Production on the Web

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dc.contributor.advisor Sheridan, Kimberly
dc.contributor.author Owens, Trevor
dc.creator Owens, Trevor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-18T01:53:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-18T01:53:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8859
dc.description.abstract Discussion on the Web is mediated through layers of software and protocols. As scholars increasingly study communication and learning on the web it is essential to consider how site administrators, programmers, and designers create interfaces and enable functionality. The managers, administrators, and designers of online communities can turn to more than 20 years of technical books for guidance on how to design online communities toward particular objectives. Through analysis of this "how-to" literature, this dissertation explores the discourse of design and configuration that partially structures online communities and later social networks. Tracking the history of notions of community in these books suggests the emergence of a logic of permission and control. Online community defies many conventional notions of community. Participants are increasingly treated as "users", or even as commodities themselves to be used. Through consideration of the particular tactics of these administrators, this study suggests how researchers should approach the study and analysis of the records of online communities.
dc.format.extent 191 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Trevor Owens en_US
dc.subject Educational technology en_US
dc.subject History of science en_US
dc.subject Information technology en_US
dc.title Designing Online Communities: How Designers, Developers, Community Managers, and Software Structure Discourse and Knowledge Production on the Web en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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