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Baxter, Vern K.
Allen, H. David
In his Essay "On Face-Work" Erving Goffman identifies the rules for a number of face-to-face interaction rituals. Among these rituals are two ways of correcting participants within an interaction. The first correction ritual, the interchange, allows offending interactants a chance to save face. The second ritual, the points making game, is a way for interactants to cause other participants to lose face. This thesis analyzes the content of a random sample of blogs to see if the rituals described above are employed in online interaction, specifically looking at blogs and how the context of the rituals is modified, including whether and how they are modified. It was found that the ritual of the interchange was modified. The ritual of the points making game though left unmodified occurred with greater frequency.
LeBlanc, Matthew, "Face-Work Within Blogs: The Use and Modification of Real World Rituals Within a Virtual Setting" (2009). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. Paper 982.