Writing to the unknown: bloggers and the presence of backpackers

Panteli, Niki and Yan, Lin and Chamakiotis, Petros (2011) Writing to the unknown: bloggers and the presence of backpackers. Information Technology & People, 24 (4). pp. 362-377. ISSN 0959-3845

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/09593841111182241

Abstract

The aim is to study virtual presence in travel blogs. The paper seeks to argue that though some conceptualization of virtual presence has been made in the literature, this only took account of one's presence among a community of “known” others. Increasingly, however, in blogging and other online communities, users do not necessarily know the “others” but they nevertheless interact with them and develop friendships and lasting relationships. This stresses the multidimensional character of the study; one which sees presence as the core topic by considering different perspectives to it. An exploratory case study is conducted with a backpackers' blogging site, its members and audience; a setting that was considered suitable for finding answers to the research questions. The data are analysed qualitatively following a thematic analysis approach. It was found that the invisible and unknown audience has an important role to play in backpackers' presence online. In particular, the study highlights the role played by the audience in shaping the blogging experience and the sense of presence that this experience develops.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Backpackers, Blogs, Communities, Presence, Audience, Communication technologies, Virtual worlds, Social networks
Faculty: Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 09:19
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 16:05
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/265193

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