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Hanging Out in the Virtual PubMasculinities and Relationships Online$
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Lori Kendall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230361

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230361.001.0001

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Logging On An Introduction to Bluesky

Logging On An Introduction to Bluesky

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Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub

Kendall Lori

University of California Press

This chapter provides demographic information about BlueSky's participants and the connections between their work with computers and their choice of BlueSky as a social and leisure forum. It also explains some of the basic technical features of muds. BlueSky is a type of interactive, text-only online forum known as a mud. This group seemed particularly worth investigating because of the length of time many of the participants had been mudding (up to six years at that time), the relative stability of the group, and the connections between their participation and their work activities. BlueSky participants form a mostly homogeneous group and participants are predominately white, middle-class, college educated, and in their twenties. Initial conversation on BlueSky provides the information that anonymous guests are not appreciated generally and thus registering a character assists in interaction with participants. Its relationships include the participants' offline contacts as well as their online interactions with offline gatherings. Online identities portrayed by participants are generally congruent with their offline identities.

Keywords:   demography, BlueSky, muddling, forum, offline gathering

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