SAGE Journal Articles

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Reinhard, C. D., & Dervin, B. (2017). Comparing situated sense-making processes in virtual worlds: Application of dervin’s sense-making methodology to media reception situations. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 27–48. doi:10.1177/1354856511419914

This article focuses on the belief that virtual worlds provide a different way of making sense in the world. The communication in the realm of social media is much more diverse than in face to face communication. The methodology relates to the research study and deals with various personality types and his/her use of social media for sense-making.

  1. Discuss the media use of various personality types in communication.
  2. Explain the virtual world in terms of sense-making.
  3. Discuss the benefits and draw backs of a face-to-face encounter.
  4. Discuss the means of making sense in virtual worlds.


Ramadhar S., Ya Y. T., & Krithiga S. (2016). Causal role of trust in interpersonal attraction from attitude similarity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-15. doi:10.1177/0265407516656826

This article derives from the perspective of trust within a relationship. The methodology deals with attraction versus trust encounters in relationships. Communication has the ability to build trust and develop strong relationships. The role of sense making through attraction to similar communication styles and interests are a primary concept in the research.

  1. Discuss the role of trust in a socially mediated relationship.
  2. Explain the process of creating a relationship based on attitude.
  3. Discuss the disadvantages of building trust with attraction being the common element.
  4. How is communication impacted by the lack of trust in a relationship?