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      See the Apple of My Eye: Baby Storytelling in Social Space

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      People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

      Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

      1 - 5 September 2009

      Media-sharing, narratives, baby stories, mothers, Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC).

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          People use media-sharing web sites to document their lives and those of their children for maintaining and strengthening social ties with people living away. It is clear then that people can and like to create narratives as a form of expression. This study presents an analysis of the characteristics and type of baby stories written by young mothers. Nine mothers from Malaysia living in the UK participated in the study. The participants used a variety of media-sharing web sites to prepare and share the narratives. Most of them (seven) used photo-sharing web sites (Fotopages or Flickr), two used text-based blogs (Blogger). Two of them also uploaded videos of their babies in content sharing sites (YouTube). Within the period of three months, we identified 166 stories created, with 94 percent of them focusing on their baby. The stories present a number of topics such as skills demonstrations, outings, domestic activities, and social events. Based on the analysis of the data and interviews with participants, we found a significant positive correlation between the type of story and the type of media used. The result also shows there was a significant positive relationship between the type of story and the baby’s age.

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          September 2009
          September 2009
          : 238-243
          University of Malaya

          Faculty of Computer Science & IT

          Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
          University of Manchester

          Manchester Business School

          Manchester, United Kingdom
          University of California Santa Cruz

          Computer Engineering

          Santa Cruz CA 95064, USA
          © N. Jomhari et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology, Churchill College Cambridge, UK

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          People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
          Churchill College Cambridge, UK
          1 - 5 September 2009
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
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