Social Aspects of Internet Communication: Virtual Community and Communication Personality

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The new global communication medium gives rise to a new type of discourse that exerts considerable influence on communication practices. The article touches upon the most typical features of Internet communication, while special emphasis is paid to its role in self-identification. The author comes to the conclusion that the virtual medium fosters the development of peculiar communication and cognitive skills which turn out to be indispensable for adequate and efficient Internet communication. Thus, the competence in Internet communication becomes the primary basis for social status ascription in the stratification structure of virtual community.


O B Maximova

Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

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Email: maximovaob@mail.ru

Кафедра социологии; Российский университет дружбы народов; Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

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