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by Alinta Thornton

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Comments on 2002 paper

Please send your comments about the updated paper, and I'll publish them here. (If you'd prefer that I didn't publish your comments, please let me know.)

Comments on 1996 thesis

Here are some selected comments on the original 1996 thesis.

Howard Rheingold

Wed 2 October 1996

"Congratulations on a first-rate piece of scholarship.

I don't know whether I've turned myself into a commodifier or whether I've opened a door to a broader discourse about technology. I hope, of course, that the latter will be the case.

You can find out about my new venture via http://www.minds.com. We will certainly point to your thesis as a key resource for people who are trying to understand issues raised by CMC. Critical views are welcomed."

Howard Rheingold
-author, 1993, The Virtual Community. Massachussetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.


Peter Dahlgren

Fri, 30 May 1997 12:24:23 +0200

From: Peter Dahlgren
To: athornton@wr.com.au
Subject: nice work!

Dear Alinta Thornton,
Just thought I'd write and say hello - and tell you how useful I've found your thesis.

We used it for student seminars in a course on Global Electronic Journalism and it worked really well in defining the major issues/positions. It's also been helpful for me as I try to apply my thoughts about the public sphere to the growing domain of Internet.

Please keep me posted if you write anything more.

Best regards,
Peter Dahlgren
-author, (1995) Television and the Public Sphere: Citizenship, Democracy and the Media. London: Sage Publications.

Mark Poster

Monday, 2 December 1996 08:59:20 -0500

From: Mark Poster
To: athornton@wr.com.au
Subject: Re: thesis

A most interesting and well thought out paper.

Mark Poster
- Author, The Mode of Information, Cambridge, Polity Press (1990)


Charles Stivale

Monday, 10 February 1997 06:54:53 -0800

From: Charles J. Stivale
To: athornton@wr.com.au
Subject: MA Thesis

Hello... I saw a post from you regarding your MA thesis on the cult-study list, and have only just perused it. It looks like very challenging work.

I'd like to share another URL for an essay that goes in a different direction, with different methodology: http://www.uta.edu/huma/enculturation/ Spring 1997 issue, my essay "'Help manners: Cyber-democracy and its Vicissitudes." Thanks for sharing your URL.

Charles J. Stivale
- Professor of French and Chair in the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures,Wayne State University (Detroit, MI, USA).

Daniel Duris

Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999
From: "Daniel Duris"
Subject: Your work on democracy and internet

H ello, i am student of political scinces in slovakia (little country in central europe, near czech rep.) and i've found your work. i am very happy, i found it, because it will help me much in writing me my essay about politics and internet. thank you, thank you, thank you :)

bye, Daniel Duris



Alinta Thornton
Masters Thesis
MA in Journalism
University of Technology, Sydney