Adapted genre

A genre accepted by the community of its users for their purposes, despite the presence of recognizable, and possibly archaic, conventions of an older genre. This may be a transition stage to an entirely new genre. (Crowston & Williams, 2000).


Crowston, K., & Williams, M. (2000). Reproduced and emergent genres of communication on the World Wide Web. The Information Society 16(3), 201-215.


Online newspapers and magazines that include hyperlinks are adapted genres. They retain much of the structure and purpose of the original genre but have been modified for a new medium (Crowston & Williams, 2000).

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

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