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Theorizing Digital Cultural HeritageA Critical Discourse$
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Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033534

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.001.0001

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Engaged Dialogism in Virtual Space: An Exploration of Research Strategies for Virtual Museums

Engaged Dialogism in Virtual Space: An Exploration of Research Strategies for Virtual Museums

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(p.261) 13 Engaged Dialogism in Virtual Space: An Exploration of Research Strategies for Virtual Museums
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Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage
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Suhas Deshpande

Kati Geber

Corey Timpson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.003.0014

This chapter examines how to formulate an audience-centered strategy in researching the optimal performance of virtual museums using a new theoretical framework based on appraisal theory and classical rhetoric. In planning, creating, and monitoring performance in virtual space, designers must have knowledge of how varied audiences use and interpret the content contained in a virtual museum. The proposed model offers a unique way of assessing discourse and the persuasive use of language to understand audience behavior, and also allows designers of cultural programs to better plan, create, and monitor the performance of exhibits and institutions in the virtual space.

Keywords:   virtual museums, appraisal theory, classical rhetoric, virtual space, language, audiences

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