This PhD project takes up the concept of communication modes, which provides the theoretical frame for an empirical survey of information-oriented internet use. In the foreground is the question whether and how communication situations differ, which are realised on the internet and aimed at different information demands. The focus is on the range between mass and interpersonal communication.
This is grounded on now permeable borders and accompanying difficulties to differentiate between two ideal-typical communication concepts. By way of online communication those as well as countless other forms of communicative actions can be realised. Due to these convergence phenomena the question arises, with which criteria communication modes can be described and differentiated.