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Chapter 10—Social Information Processing Theory
- Describe the link between social information, impression formation, and relationship development.
- Walther developed the hyperpersonal perspective with reference to text-based media such as e-mail. To what extent do the four elements of the perspective also apply to a modern social networking site such as Facebook? How about video chat? Or text messaging?
- Take a close look at your use of one social networking site. What elements of your use of the site are low warrant information? Which are high warrant information? Given that people tend to trust high warrant information more than low warrant information, what impression might viewers of this information form of you?
- When it comes to hostile groups, Walther makes the startling claim that such groups may reduce hostility by communicating exclusively using text-only channels. Use the four elements of the hyperpersonal perspective to explain why Walther offers that advice.
- The critique section describes Turkle's concerns about online communication, which contrasts with Walther's generally upbeat take on communication technology. Write an imaginary dialogue between these two scholars. In this dialogue, probe areas of similarity and difference between their claims.
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