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Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach

The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach

A researcher is studying discursive constructions of identity in an online discussion forum. Because this forum is publicly available on the Web, she decides she does not need permission from discussants to use their posts. For three months, she conducts an observational ethnography, reading messages posted to the forum, but not writing any herself.

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