Appropriating Language on the Usenet

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The Usenet is a global computer conferencing system on which users can affix textual messages under 4500 different categories. It currently has approximately 4,165,000 readers, and these .readers have appropriated language by adapting it to the Usenet's culture and medium. This thesis conceptualizes the Usenet community's appropriation of language, provides insights into how media and media restrictions cause their users to appropriate language, and discusses how future media may further cause users to appropriate language. With the Usenet we have a chance to study a relatively new community bound by relatively new technology, and perhaps we can learn more about ... continued below

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vii, 179 leaves: ill.

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Spinuzzi, Clay I. (Clay Ian) May 1994.

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The Usenet is a global computer conferencing system on which users can affix textual messages under 4500 different categories. It currently has approximately 4,165,000 readers, and these .readers have appropriated language by adapting it to the Usenet's culture and medium. This thesis conceptualizes the Usenet community's appropriation of language, provides insights into how media and media restrictions cause their users to appropriate language, and discusses how future media may further cause users to appropriate language. With the Usenet we have a chance to study a relatively new community bound by relatively new technology, and perhaps we can learn more about the appropriation process by studying the two.

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Spinuzzi, Clay I. (Clay Ian). Appropriating Language on the Usenet, thesis or dissertation, May 1994; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501079/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .