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Moral panic and alternative identity construction in usenet.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2001
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Issue number1
Number of pages0
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this paper the concept of the "moral panic" is applied to computer-mediated communication through a qualitative examination of the case of a "troll" poster to the Usenet group alt.tv.melrose-place over a four month period. The notion of Internet identity construction is analyzed as a collaboration between participants, and the resolution strategies that the participants used in order to neutralize the moral panic are examined.