Sharing recipes for "blendships" and optimal well-being : communicating community on healthy living blogs
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This thesis seeks to understand how the discourse on healthy living blogs can function socially, create and maintain an online community, foster a network of social support, and establish meanings of health for blog participants through performing Cultural Discourse Analysis. The four research questions that guide my analysis are: first, what is being accomplished through participation (authoring and commenting) on the sample of Healthy Living Blogs (HLBs)? What, if any, are the social functions of blogging about and commenting on healthy living for the participants? Second, does this network ...