Idealized Identities

Gonzales, A. L., & Hancock, J. T. (2008). Identity shift in computer-mediated environments. Media Psychology, 11, 167-185. Gonzales and Hancock examine whether one's awareness of a public audience enhances self-presentation in an online environment, demonstrating a shift in identity. They hypothesize that participants who are asked to present an extroverted personality in a public space… Continue reading Idealized Identities


Reducing Uncertainty…One Email at a Time

Tidwell, L. C., & Walther, J. B. (2002). Computer-Mediated Communication Effects on Disclosure, Impressions, and Interpersonal Evaluations: Getting to Know One Another One Bit at a Time. Human Communication Research, 28, 317-348. While Tidwell covers now familiar territory by illuminating the dissatisfactory characterization of CMC as an impersonal medium, the "interesting" (Davis, 1971) aspect of… Continue reading Reducing Uncertainty…One Email at a Time


Hyperpersonal…Just Not in My Face

Walther, J. B. (1996). Computer-Mediated communication: Impersonal, Interpersonal, and Hyperpersonal Interaction. Communication Research, 23, 3-43. The "interesting" (Davis, 1971) import of Walter's article is his considered refutation of still-popular theories that CMC creates impersonal communication. He first discusses the potential advantages of impersonality in communicative acts requiring a task orientation, especially in groups making decisions… Continue reading Hyperpersonal…Just Not in My Face