The Suicidal Self in Cyberspace: Co-Creating Meaning and Community Through Online Discourse

Mike Alvarez
Much research has been done on the benefits and harms associated with suicidal individuals' use of digital technologies. However, the meanings discursively created by suicidal persons online, and the unique properties of the internet that shape the co-creation of these meanings, have scarcely been studied. This dissertation enlists the ethnography of communication enterprise - specifically, Hymes's (1972) descriptive theory and Carbaugh's (2007) cultural discourse analysis - to understand the communicative possibilities within the digital terrain...
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