Merging, Masquerading and Morphing: Metaphors and the World Wide Web
Zelinna Pablo, Cynthia Hardy
ORGANIZATION STUDIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009
We examine the role of metaphors in relation to Web-based phenomena through a comparative study of 29 Web portals, established under a World Bank project known as the Development Gateway. Our analysis suggests that three metaphors - expert, market and community - are particularly significant across these portals, either separately or in combination. The study indicates three particular ways in which these metaphors can combine - merging, masquerading and morphing. We conclude by discussing the implications of using metaphor to understand how practitioners design Web portals and how users engage with them. © The Author(s), 2009.