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dc.contributor.advisorThorson, Esthereng
dc.contributor.authorLittau, Jeremy, 1975-eng
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.submitted2009 Summeren
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 26, 2010).en_US
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.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Esther Thorson.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionPh.D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research introduces a new measure of social capital for users of online communities. Whereas "local community" forms of social capital consist of ties created in local community for the benefit of local community, and "Web-local" social capital is ties created online for the benefit of local community, "Web network" social capital measures the strength of ties created online for the benefit of engagement that is non-local, specifically activism and reciprocity over distance to groups and people whom the user has not met. A survey of randomly selected online community users (N = 582) found that local community and Web network forms of social capital work together to predict online forms of helping one another, while there was a complex set of relationships that predicted different types of engagement. Motivations for using the online community, consistent with the Media Choice Model, found that use for information and connectivity were key positive predictors of engagement online. Entertainment was a negative predictor. Print and opinionated news content alternated as predictors of types of engagement. Social media predicted distance forms of engagement, but not local forms.eng
dc.format.extentxi, 196 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.oclc607531832en_US
dc.identifier.otherLittauJ-072109-D94en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/7026
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2009 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshSocial capital (Sociology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial mediaen_US
dc.subject.lcshJournalism -- Citizen participationen_US
dc.subject.lcshCommunication -- Social aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshJournalism -- Objectivityen_US
dc.titleThe virtual social capital of online communities: media use and motivations as predictors of online and offline engagement via six measures of community strengthen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalismen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalismeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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