Spontaneous genre

A cybergenre that has never existed in other media; a novel genre that arises with no clear antecedent genres in non-electronic form (Shepherd & Watters, 1998).


Shepherd, M., & Watters, C. (1998). The evolution of cybergenres. In 31st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ed. R.H. Sprague, Jr. Maui: IEEE Computer Society Press.


Shepherd & Watters (1998) give as examples of spontaneous cybergenres the home page, the "hot list," and the FAQ.

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

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