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Computer-mediated Discourse Analysis: Discourse in Online Communities and/or Computer Mediated Communication

This guide was created to provide research support to students enrolled in Professor Pigliacelli's ENG 2 004.

What is Computer Mediated Communication?

According to Webopedia, computer mediated communication (CMC) refers to "human communication via computers and includes many different forms including synchronous, asynchronous or real-time interaction that humans have with each other using computers as tools to exchange text, images, audio and video. They offer the following mechanisms as examples of CMC including: email, network communication, instant messaging, social media interactions, text messaging, hypertext, distance learning, Internet forums, USENET newsgroups, bulletin boards, online shopping, distribution lists and videoconferencing.

Source: CMC - computer-mediated communication (n.d.) Retrieved from

Computer Mediated Communication