With Special Emphasis on Social Networks and Folksonomies
Part 2 Social networks 27
27 PART 2 SOCIAL NETWORKS 28 3. Registration The focus of this chapter will be on the registration metaphor which has been well-known since the early years of the Internet. (That is, already in the 1990s Web users were required to register for a number of services including Web- based e-mail, Web forums, IRC, etc.) At the level of framesi.e., conceptual structures describing “a particular type of situation, object, or event and the participants and props involved in it” (Ruppenhofer et al. 2006: online)the concept of registration seems to be inte- grated into the frame of BECOMING A MEMBER OF A GROUP. That is, whenever we register for something both in real-life and on the Internet, we always be- come members of the group of people who register(ed) for the same thing as us. For example, when we register at a conference, we become members of the group of conference participants. When we check in at a hotel (which is a form of registration), we become members of the group of hotel guests. When we sign up for an SNS like MySpace and Facebook, we become members of the group of users of these services; etc. As described by FrameNet, the BECOMING A MEMBER frame consists of two core elements (i.e., elements instantiating “conceptually necessary component[s] of a frame” and thereby “making the frame unique and different from other frames,” Ruppenhofer et al. ibid.): (1) Group, i.e., a socially-constructed entity composed of members; and (2) New...
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