Strategic Management of Religious Websites: The Case of Israel's Orthodox Communities

Oren Golan, Heidi A. Campbell

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This study investigates how webmasters of sites affiliated with bounded communities manage tensions created by the open social affordances of the internet. We examine how webmasters strategically manage their respective websites to accommodate their assumed target audiences. Through in-depth interviews with Orthodox webmasters in Israel, we uncover how they cultivate 3 unique strategies -- control, layering, and guiding -- to contain information flows. We thereby elucidate how web strategies reflect the relationships between community, religion and CMC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-486
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015

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  • Fundamentalism
  • Internet
  • Orthodox judaism
  • Religious communities online
  • Websites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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