chapter  17
28 Pages

Flaming and blaming: The influence of mass media content on interactions in online discussions

WithDIRK OEGEMA, JAN KLEINNIJENHUIS, KOOS ANDERSON

Discussion forums on the internet are one of the fascinating new possibilities for examination in mediated interpersonal communication. Public access is a defining feature of discussion forums. Everyone who wishes to participate in a discussion forum is entitled to do so. Discussion groups enable their participants to articulate their thoughts and feelings, regardless of whether the subject is politics, music, products, partner relations or any other subject.