Abstract—This paper reviews IBICT, the Internet-Based Information Consumer Theory derived from Jean Baudrillard’s work, and applies it to news websites. Its aim is to support the analysis and development of Internet applications, and to maybe promote a better understanding of Internet users’ behavior. Specifically, the four object value dimensions (functional, exchange, symbolic and sign) are interpreted from an Internet information point of view and a mathematical model is proposed. Then as methodological framework, the four dimensions of Internet-Based Information value together with the mathematical model are used to support an analysis of some categories of Internet resources: websites for selling, social network websites and news websites. It is reviewed the example used to analyze a website for selling, where the four dimensions are highlighted and it is suggested that the mathematical model may lead to new models intended to improve its relation to the Internet user. For social network websites, the hypothetical example is reviewed that tries to explain users’ decisions; this understanding might help improving the social networks websites functionalities and might help to create new ones. Web search engines are reviewed in accordance to the proposed theory that embodies recent advances and may promote further developments because current models do not clearly or even consider the four dimensions. The case of news website is analyzed and four major news website providers are compared in the IBICT perspective: “BBC News”, “Le Monde”, “The New York Times” and “The Straits Times”. The result is the proposition of an educational project that would serve as a laboratory of innovations to news websites through a social network structure using IBICT.
Index Terms—IBICT, Information consumer theory, News website, Social networks.
Patrick Letouzé is with the Department of Computer Science at the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Palmas – TO, Brazil (phone: +55 613232-8027; fax: +55 61 3232-8020; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org orPatrick.email@example.com).
Rúbia Lúcia Oliveira is with the Department of Philosophy at the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Palmas – TO, Brazil.
Cite: Patrick Letouzé and Rúbia Lúcia Oliveira, "IBICT - Information Consumer Theory for the Internet, and its Application to News Websites," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 105-110, 2011.