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The Host in the Machine by Angela Thomas-Jones

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Putting the social in social networks

There are many different forms of socialising that can be undertaken within social networks. In this chapter I investigate varied types of interactions to demonstrate how the social informs, and is informed by, the user's digital presence. This is to reaffirm the assertion that a digital presence is inextricably linked to a user's real life. I outline the numerous types of socialising that occur in networks, for example friendship, profile building, dating and gaming. In Chapter two I identified the different ‘features’ that each network offers. Following on from this, I approach how different network features stimulate social interaction. Textual communication, photographs and videos, as well as groups ...

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