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Computer Mediated Communication

Computer Mediated Communication

First Edition
  • Crispin Thurlow - University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Laura Lengel - Bowling Green State University, USA, Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Alice Tomic - Richmond, The American International University in London

© 2004 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book offers students a task-based introduction to Computer-Mediated Communication and the impact of the internet on social interaction. Divided into four parts which require students to learn, (theory), critique, (current issues), explore, (methods), and reflect, (practice), the book aims to:
  • Provide a foundation to the social and communicative nature of information and communication technologies
  • Enable students to engage with the key theoretical issues associated with CMC
  • Equip students with the necessary research and technical skills as a stimulus to independent enquiry.

In spite of the rapidly increasing interest in Internet Studies and CMC and the introduction of many university courses in the area, no specialised, introductory textbook exists. This coursebook responds to the need for such a text. Aimed primarily at communication students, this book would also be useful as a sourcebook for students of media, sociology, psychology, and English Language Studies.

The authors have also created a companion website at

Getting into CMC
Basic Theory  
Central Issues  
Focus Areas  
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I found the book really interesting. The historical background and the focus areas for student projects bring CMC closer to us and create more awareness to the interactions we engage in online. The students also found the extensive references to normal social interactions online, most of which they too indulge in, very rewarding. I will continue to use the book in my future courses on language and the internet.

Dr Eric Anchimbe
English and American Studies, University of Bayreuth
September 16, 2010

One of the only texts available for Computer Mediated Communication

Dr Bree McEwan
Communications Dept, Western Illinois University
August 26, 2010

Layout and materials were solid. I hope they update it soon!

Adam Tyma
Communications Dept, University of Nebraska at Omaha
May 18, 2010

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