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  1. Introduction
    1. Model
    2. Site analysis
  2. Literature review
  3. Method statement
  4. Data
  5. Data analysis
  6. Conclusion

Slashdot.org was founded in 1997 by Rob ?CmdrTaco? Malda, and is now owned by Geeknet, Inc. Numerous editors and coders run the site. Users can submit a news story through the use of a web submission form, where it will be moderated and edited for proper grammar and spelling. Users can also post stories anonymously. Additionally, the number of stories and questions that can be posted by any user is unlimited?as long as they all pertain to the same subject.

Literature Review:
What is SOPA exactly? SOPA is short for Stop Online Piracy Act, and is only the latest effort made by the United States government to regulate and oversee what information is shared on the Internet, how this information is shared, and the individuals who have access to this information. The sources of this information range from search site such as Google to even social media websites like Facebook. In short, SOPA is trying to privatize sharing on the Internet, which is a threat to those who want to keep online information public, as they see the Internet as a free space where there ought to be open sharing. This is a very important issue in terms of communication because in this day and age, a great deal of communication is performed via the Internet. What sort of effect would SOPA have on Computer-Mediated Communication as well as our Internet culture? I have found a variety of sources under the following terms: The First Amendment and privacy, Copyright and privacy, Right of publicity and copyright and Free Internet and culture.

[...] Numerous editors and coders run the site. Users can submit a news story through the use of a web submission form, where it will be moderated and edited for proper grammar and spelling. Users can also post stories anonymously. Additionally, the number of stories and questions that can be posted by any user is unlimited?as long as they all pertain to the same subject. Literature Review: What is SOPA exactly? SOPA is short for Stop Online Piracy Act, and is only the latest effort made by the United States government to regulate and oversee what information is shared on the Internet, how this information is shared, and the individuals who have access to this information. [...]


[...] A list of proposed categories was drafted before starting any preliminary research or coding. The list of potential categories is as follows: After preliminary research and open coding of various journal entries (from deviantART and Slashdot.org) along with daily popular tweets on Twitter, a list of codes was conjured. A great deal of varying codes were found: The journal responses from deviantART provided a rich amount of data and codes. Twitter provided a hearty amount of codes that pertained to the public's opinion regarding SOPA. [...]


[...] Humor was used by deviants to perhaps help lighten the situation. Many users appeared to be stressed and upset by SOPA, and some deviants decided to use humor to either make the situation less grave or chose to express their own frustration through humor. Sarcastic responses were very government-centric. Deviants aimed jabs at the government but kept their comments light enough to come across as somewhat humorous. LudicrousDemon's comment takes aim at a recent decision by Congress and then follows up with a sarcastic congratulatory message. [...]


[...] The same sort of laws that accompany real space cannot apply towards the digital space because the two are so very different. Our real space laws strictly apply to place, specifically: the United States. However, the physics of the Internet goes beyond that of the United States. The Internet is a global, digital space, and the government must realize that first before they pass any law that will have negative effects. Lessig finally talks about control. His theory on control is as follows: ?Control, as I have argued, is not necessarily bad. [...]


[...] The Freedom of Information Act 1966-2006: A Retrospective on the Rise of Privacy Protection over the Public Interest in Knowing What the Government's Up To. Communication Law & Policy, 511-564. Hichang, C., Rivera-Sanchez, M., & Sun Sun, L. (2009, May). A multinational study on online privacy: global concerns and local responses. New Media & Society, 395-416. Ho, K. S., & Kyung, K. K. (2010, February). Examining identity and organizational citizenship behaviour in computer-mediated communication. Journal of Information Science, 114-126. Houser, M. [...]

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