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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
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February 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.

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Getting into CMC
Basic Theory

Central Issues


Focus Areas

Resource Materials


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"This book is a breath of fresh air whn it comes to information literacy texts. Thurlow, Lengel, and Tomic focus on the Internet's role in changing social interaction. This refreshing approach uses a social perspective to motivate readers... The book is supplemented with a rich Web site that is loaded with numerous links referenced in the book... Highly recommended."

J. Beidler
University of Scranton

This book had a good evaluation of the various aspects of CMC and how it impacts our daily lives, and was clearly laid out and easy to read. The only issue is some of the examples are a bit dated now, as technology moves on so fast we could really do with an updated version of this book.

Ms Helen Hewertson
Centre for Research Informed Teaching, University of Central Lancashire
June 12, 2015

This textbook provides a solid overarching understanding of CMC and its technological and communicative foundations. Additionally, it grounds CMC in relation to other media-human interaction technologies. It provides useful definitions and applicable learning opportunities to students from a variety of levels

Mr James Ponder
School Communication Studies, Kent State University
November 8, 2012

Great book

Dr Carolyn Cunningham
Communication Arts Dept, Gonzaga University
May 17, 2012

well organized-lots of assignment ideas

Mrs Mary Jo Nead
Speech Communication Dept, Thomas More College
July 6, 2011

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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