Ianis Bucholtz

Ianis Bucholtz

Participant in 2007
Work history Since 2013 — assistant professor at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Valmiera, Latvia)
Study history 2013 — PhD in communication science from the University of Latvia
Publications Bucholtz, I. (2015). Media use among social networking site users in Latvia. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2653–2673. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3259

Bucholtz, I. (2015). Together with friends and 'friends': Social capital in an online community. In H. Kotarski (Ed.), Pragmatics of social and cultural capital (pp. 81–103). Rzeszów: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego. Available: https://www.academia.edu/20288281/Together_with_friends_and_friends_Social_capital_in_an_online_community

Bucholtz, I. (2014). Sources of trust Inference in online interpersonal relationships. In T. Pavlíčková and I. Reifová (Eds.), Media, power and empowerment: Central and Eastern European communication and media conference CEECOM Prague 2012 (pp. 66 – 71). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Bucholtz, I. (2013). Diffused Iitimacy: Trust and self-disclosure in online relationships Mediální studia/Media Studies, 2013/1, 23–39. Available: http://medialnistudia.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/ms_2013_1_stat2.pdf

Bucholtz, I. (2012). Otherness and togetherness: Interplay of individuality and collectivity in online social relationships. In M. Mokryš & A. Lieskovský (Eds.), Proceedings in advanced research in scientific areas: The 1st virtual international conference (pp. 761 – 766). Žilina: EDIS–Printing House of the University of Žilina.

Phd Projects


Weblogs – the new communication paradigm

Today, more and more people and organisations realise the potentials of the weblog format. What started out as a way to publish one’s adventures and views on certain issues, has become since the beginning of the 21st century a widely-spread form of communication on the internet. My point is that weblogs are one of the most influential forms of communication, that already shape and will shape communication patterns in the future. For me this is a reason to call this ‘the new paradigm’. In general, this is an academic narration about social networking, but weblogs or blogs should receive particular attention in this field. What makes the difference in weblogs are the deliberative communication efforts of the participants – they are more preferential than MySpace or Friendster-like systems. In most social networking systems, the virtual personality and its profile is at the centre of communication, but in weblogs, the main way the author can promote himself or herself is by expressing their opinions, by providing content, not just presenting their profile. There are many possible ways for writing a weblog and developing communication. A blog can be written in the form of a private journal, as a medium for narrow audiences about a specific topic, a platform for independent (‘citizen’) of dependent (editorially managed) online journalism, as a public relations tool, and much more. The key points of the new paradigm include: 1/ Changing audiences. New media have better abilities to know their audience, because such information can be easily gathered. Community-building is of a great importance here. Weblog communication also implies the convergence of private and public. 2/ Changing authors and readers. Traditional gate-keeping functions of the media collapse, and the ability to create a mass medium emerges, so the roles of the providers and the receivers of information blur. 3/ Changing creation of content. The weblog format shapes the way the information is being created and transferred. Typical blog posts tell us what communication on the internet is like: short, easy-to-read fragments of subjectivities. 4/ Changing presentation of content. Of relevance here is what the term ‘news’ should mean – should it preserve its traditional meaning or should a new sense be developed of what is relevant and what forms of information the audiences desire for? Blogs as a source of information seldom provide news in a traditional form (as unbiased and neutral journalistic text); rather the authors’ personal view is weblogs’ greatest value. These characteristics differ from the traditional conception of (mass) communication, so my aim is to explore the new trends that will shape our understanding of communication in the future.


Dissertation title Individuals’ relationships in online social networks
Dissertation ISBN 978-9984-45-674-4
Year of defence 2013
Link to dissertation https://www.academia.edu/20659412/Individuals_relationships_in_online_social_networks_Summary_of_doctoral_thesis

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