Novel genre or subgenre

A class of cybergenres in which the new genre emerges within the new medium. Novel subgenres are "either not based on previously existing genres or substantially different from existing genres on the basis of increased functionality" (97). They can be either spontaneous or emergent (Shepherd & Watters, 1998).


Shepherd, M., & Watters, C. (1998). The evolution of cybergenres. In R. H. Sprague, Jr. (Ed.), 31st Hawaii international conference on system sciences (pp. 97–109). Maui: IEEE Computer Society Press.


Shepherd and Watters (1998) list the personal homepage, for it has no clear non-electronic antecedent.

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Emerging Genres class, N.C. State University, Spring 2010

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