Time will tell: Ambiguous non-responses on internet relay chat

Rintel, E. S., Pittam, Jeffery and Mulholland, Joan (2003) Time will tell: Ambiguous non-responses on internet relay chat. Electronic Journal of Communication, 13 1: 1-18.

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Author Rintel, E. S.
Pittam, Jeffery
Mulholland, Joan
Title Time will tell: Ambiguous non-responses on internet relay chat
Journal name Electronic Journal of Communication
ISSN 1183-5656
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Editor N. Baym
Place of publication New York, U.S.A.
Publisher Communication Institute for Online Scholarship
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
420101 English
751004 The media
Abstract The design of Internet Relay Chat (IRC) affords for, and itself produces, non-response situations that are not possible in FTF or telephone interaction. These system-occasioned nonresponses produce almost isomorphic stimuli to participant non-responses. Situations thus arise in which non-responses are interpersonally accountable despite agentive ambiguity. This study explores four intersections of participant-action and system-occasioned non-responses. An extension to Pomerantz's (1984b) 'pursuing a response' problems/solutions is proposed. The impact of IRC's design on its popularity is discussed in contrast to more recent chat systems. Suggestions are made for active and passive presence and non-response accounting features in future chat systems.
Keyword Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
Chat systems
Q-Index Code C1

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