Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom, and Online Community by Nancy K. Baym

By Nancy K. Baym

Tune In, Log Out is an ethnographic research of a web cleaning soap opera fan staff. Bridging the fields of computer-mediated conversation and viewers reviews, the booklet exhibits how verbal and non verbal communicative practices create collaborative interpretations and feedback, workforce humor, interpersonal relationships, crew norms and person id. whereas a lot has been written approximately difficulties and inequities ladies have encountered on-line, Nancy ok Baym's research of a female-dominated crew within which woman communique types be successful demonstrates that ladies can construct winning on-line groups whereas nonetheless welcoming male participation. moreover, a longitudinal examine the advance of fan staff permits an exam of the persistence of the group’s social constitution within the face of the Internet’s super development. energetic and interesting, Tune In, Log Out offers an wonderful creation to problems with on-line and viewers group.

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