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The Web Illusion: Representation and Reality

Abstract : We are more inclined to visit and eat at a frequented restaurant than a restaurant that is notably deserted. Work on social proof can be transposed into the field of digital technologies. We give more credit to an active and nourished discussion forum compared to a deserted forum. Given this link between quantity and quality, it is interesting to consider the way in which the user builds a representation of the amount of information flowing through a digital device. Is this assessment faithful to reality, biased, overestimated, or underestimated? To answer these questions, we implemented fieldwork in which we asked users from a convenience sample to assess the number of different contributors in a discussion forum. The responses are analysed, and the results are discussed.
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Eric Boutin, William Samuel Ravatua-Smith. The Web Illusion: Representation and Reality. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, University of Toronto Press, 2016, 40 (2), pp.152-161. ⟨sic_01835570⟩



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