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Communication on the Internet in Korea
A review of the role of the Internet as a communicative tool in the social structure of Korea according to the social capital theory of P. Bourdieu, J. Coleman and R. D. Putnam.
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This paper studies the role of the Internet as a communicative tool in the social structure of Korea under the current usage and influence of the social capital theory put forth by P. Bourdieu, J. Coleman and R. D. Putnam. It begins by discussing the origin of the social capital phenomenon and its relation with the social network within Korea. It then looks at the connection of the social capital phenomenon with the information and communication technologies (ICT).

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Background of the Study
Purpose of this Study
Significance of this Study
Chapter 2: Literature Review
The Emergence of the Social Capital Theory
Initial Utilization by Coleman and Bourdieu
The Social Network as Social Capital
Social Capital and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Social Capital and Relative Theories
Understanding Online Communities and their Use of Internet:
Internet Based within the Social Framework of Korea:
Chapter 3: Methodology
Summary of the Methodology
Profiles of Interviewees
Chapter 4: Results
Communication on the Internet
Conclusion: "See You at CY!"

From the Paper:

"The IT circumstance in Korea makes young people recognize the Internet as a normal part of everyday life, and regard it as one of the various communication tools. Between the Internet and the mobile phone people are not strictly attached to either one or it seems that both are used additionally rather than the usage of one being increased or decreased by the other. E-mails, IM, Blogs and CY are all part of the overall system of the Internet; though their use may vary, they are all considered more effective means of communication than any other available. Off-line intimacy can motivate and activate communication on the Internet, but the opposite cannot always be considered as true. Illusion, time, space and fashion statements are all part of the list of easier attainments online than offline. The rise of the dependence of the Internet in Korea is for both interpersonal and business reasons but the increase in the expanse, level and quality of interpersonal communication is more obvious of the two. More and more Koreans are keen on creating various new on-line cultures in the already established social framework of Korea."

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