After mentioning several studies that she felt illustrated quality in their qualitative research (Cherny 1999; Danet 2001; Markham 1998; Turkle 1996; Baym 2000), Baym states that the arguments developed in these works are compelling because of “at least six interrelated strengths they share: they are grounded in theory and data, they demonstrate rigor in data collection and analysis, they use multiple strategies to get data, they take into account the perspective of participants, they demonstrate awareness of and self-reflexivity regarding the research process, and they take into consideration interconnections between the internet and the life world within which it is situated” (“Finding the Quality” 82).
Baym, N. (2006). “Finding the quality in qualitative internet research.” In Adrienne Massanari & David Silver (Eds.), Critical cyberculture studies: Current terrains, future directions. (79-87). NY: New York University Press.
Cherny, L. (1999). Conversation and Community: Chat in a virtual world. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
Danet, B. (2001). Cyberplay: Communicating online. Oxford, UK: Berg.
Markham, A. (1998). Life online: Researching real experience in virtual space. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira.
Turkle, S. (1996). Life on the screen: Identity in the age of the internet. New York: Simon and Schuster.
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