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Iowa State University

2013

Applied Linguistics

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Imaginary Friends, Stalking, And Curating The Web: An Esl Student's Use Of Social Media, Luca Giupponi Jan 2013

Imaginary Friends, Stalking, And Curating The Web: An Esl Student's Use Of Social Media, Luca Giupponi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Social media is a phenomenon that has only emerged in the last few years, but has quickly become one of the principal venues for communication between individuals. Because of recent technological developments in mobile technologies, individuals can now connect with their social network anywhere and anytime. Participation in networked online communities has been so pervasive that it has started to influence many of the ways in which individuals understand themselves and the world, communicate with each other, and engage in practices such as literacy and media consumption (Thorne & Black, 2008). One of the consequences of this qualitative shift is the development of cultures-of- use that shape the ways in which learners participate in computer-mediated interaction and literacy consumption (Thorne, 2003) and that are often inconsistent with institutionally promoted practices. This mismatch could lead to a diminished effectiveness of traditional computer-mediated pedagogical practices; on the other hand, an increased awareness of existing computer-mediated practices could ...