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Thirty-First Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences-Volume 2 (1998)
Kohala Coast, HI
Jan. 6, 1998 to Jan. 9, 1998
ISSN: 1060-3425
ISBN: 0-8186-8236-1
pp: 78
Gregory F. Roberts , Georgetown University
This paper demonstrates that personal home pages (PHPs) represent a distinct genre by using a functionalist, narrative analysis approach to address authors involvement strategies. PHPs differ from many other kinds of data because they are always changing and should be viewed as works-in-progress. This study examines a corpus of PHPs synchronically, focusing on how involvement strategies associate a scene with the audiences imagination. Conclusions address the distinctions between system and ritual constraints and their role on PHPs, developing expectations of what constitutes a PHP to the author and the audience, as well as the idea of prestige and PHP design.

G. F. Roberts, "The Home Page as Genre: A Narrative Approach," Proceedings of the Thirty-First Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences(HICSS), Kohala Coast, HI, 1998, pp. 78.
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