Facework on Facebook : how it legitimizes online community membership and enables linguistic socialization through intertextuality
West, Laura E.
Thesis (M.S.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. This study uses Facebook conversations as a new domain to explore the intersection of facework and intertextuality in computer-mediated social discourse. Looking closely at how members of an older generation are being socialized to the norms of a younger generation-dominated space, there is evidence that members use local texts to create a shared repertoire of "prior texts" in order to narrate something about the self and create a sense of in-group, maintaining positive face and building a community online.
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