Can Groups Successfully Gather in Digital Spaces?
Dr. John A. McArthur, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, had an article published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry. The article, titled "Digital Subculture: A geek meaning of style" investigated groups in Internet-based chat rooms to assess indicators of group affiliation. The study suggests that groups of geeks in online discussion boards display similar characteristics to groups of people meeting in face-to-face interactions. The study has implications for our understanding of the Internet as a virtual gathering space.
Dr. McArthur's research interests involve user-experience design, proxemics (the communicativity of space), and the role of technology and media design in society. His research includes studies of user-experience design as it relates to the creation of documents, speeches, and physical and virtual spaces. Dr. McArthur teaches a variety of courses at Queens including Public Relations, Layout & Design, and Business and Professional Writing.
The Journal of Communication Inquiry is a national peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the connections between mass communication and society. More information about the journal can be found on its website: http://jci.sagepub.com/
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