“Empty Templates: The Ethical Habits of Empty State Pages

John Gallagher, Steven Holmes

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This article examines how empty state pages (ESPs) constrain user generated communication through the ethical lens of Bourdieu’s habitus. The authors define ESPs as interactive instructional templates that prompt users to input information to participate in an online network. Through a case study analyzing ~450,000 online comments from The New York Times, the authors find a direct connection between ESP elements, such as the character limit for comments, and online writers’ cultivated habitus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-283
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
StatePublished - Jul 2019


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