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Jacqueline Chang Group : Intrapersonal Title of article: Selective Posting: Willingness to post a message online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2010.01533.x/full Authors: Gi Woong Yun, Sung-Yeon Park Date: January 13, 2011 Online forums act a place where people can express ideas and discuss with each other. This new level of mass communication has not been explored and studied to its full extent. This study discovers whether or not the spiral of silence theory is applicable in this online realm. The spiral of silence theory states that a person decides whether or not to share their opinion based on how the opinion will be received. Fear of isolation is what keeps people from sharing opinion. In the online forum people react in a certain four ways: avoid message posting and communicating, do not post a message and talk about their online forum experience with people interpersonally, do not post a message and check other forums to ensure biases in all online forums, and posting a
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Unformatted text preview: message back. Subjects were asked their stances on abortion, and then monitored to see if they would post messages communicating their stances. Only 28 participants of the 126 who had a clear cut side on the prochoice /prolife pretest who posted messages. The initial believed climate of opinion offline did not change willingness to communicate opinions. This relates to a community work/career because the online community is growing and the amount of time spent online needs to be understood. This study sees whether or not communication theory used in face to face as well as traditional media will prove effective in the online world as well. This relates to the intrapersonal level of communication because the subjects are tested to see if they will communicate their own opinions based on how they perceive and interpret the environment around them....
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