Feeling Between the Lines, by Joyce Menges
By necessity, this work will contain many
terms and expression that are new to the reader who is unfamiliar with
electronic communication. Please see the
for definitions as needed.
Each group session provided a recorded
transcript which was used for observation and analysis.
For some readers, these excerpts from the
NGT logs might be difficult to follow; the exchanges frequently come in
incomplete sentences that bounce off a thought from another
participant. Think about the following as you read.
Often, the speaker will direct a comment to a particular person by
first typing their name or an abbreviation that represents their name.
Use this to help you sort through the different threads of the
conversation as they unfold. Sometimes it is also useful to read
several lines from one speaker to get his complete thought,
disregarding, momentarily, the interwoven lines from other
This filtering process, this sorting through the mixed up lines of
text, becomes second nature with time and experience, but can be very
daunting to the uninitiated.