Reproduced and emergent genres of communication on the World-Wide Web

Kevin Crowston, Marie Williams

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Abstract

The World-Wide Web is growing quickly and being applied to many new types of communications. As a basis for studying organizational communications, Yates and Orlikowski proposed using genres. They defined genres as, `typified communicative actions characterized by similar substance and form and taken in response to recurrent situations'. They further suggested that communications in a new media will show both reproduction or adaptation of existing communicative genres as well as the emergence of new genres. We studied this phenomena on the World-Wide Web by examining randomly selected Web pages (100 in one sample and 1000 in a second) and categorizing the type of genre represented. Perhaps most interestingly, we saw examples of genres being adapted to take advantage of the linking and interactivity of the new medium, such as solicitations for help and genealogies. We suggest that Web site designers consider the genres that are appropriate for their situation and attempt to reuse familiar genres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Documents Track
Editors Anon
Pages30-39
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 30th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Part 1 (of 6) - Wailea, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 7 1997Jan 10 1997

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume6
ISSN (Print)1060-3425

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1997 30th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Part 1 (of 6)
CityWailea, HI, USA
Period1/7/971/10/97

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Crowston, K., & Williams, M. (1997). Reproduced and emergent genres of communication on the World-Wide Web. In Anon (Ed.), Digital Documents Track (pp. 30-39). (Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; Vol. 6). https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.1997.665482