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dc.contributor.advisorWanta, Wayneeng
dc.contributor.authorCoulson, Jonthon, 1983-eng
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.submitted2009 Fallen
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on December 22, 2009).en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Wayne Wanta.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe use of online social networks such as Facebook.com are hypothesized to be affecting Robert Putnam's (1995) theory of social capital. The research method is modeled after Dhavan Shah's (2005) Information Communication Participation model. This study found that users of these sites tend to have an equal or greater likelihood of engaging in citizen communication or civic participation if they use social networks for informational purposes. Qualitative data indicates that users of online social networks communicate over greater temporal and geographic distances to maintain what Mark Granovetter (1973) calls weak ties. This study gives insight on how information is being shared between digital natives in online social networks, and how such information dissemination leads to the generation of social capital. Future studies focusing on specific features of online social networks that enable communication and civic participation are recommended, as is a comparison between levels of social capital creation between users and non-users of online social networks.eng
dc.identifier.oclc492247469en_US
dc.identifier.otherCoulsonJ-120309-T716en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/5349
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2009 Freely available theses (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2009 Theses
dc.subject.lcshOnline social networksen_US
dc.subject.lcshWeb sitesen_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial capital (Sociology)en_US
dc.titleThe strength of weak ties in online social networksen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalismen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalismeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US


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