What is community? Can community emerge from online interaction? What are the implication of the internet for traditional communities? This week, we’ll be discussing the concept of computer-mediated community.
Here’s the Question of the Week (QotW):
- Join Twitter.com
- Explore it, setup your profile (pseudonyms if you want privacy), add your classmates (and myself if you wish) as friends, then start some conversations going.
- After using Twitter through the web, instant messaging or your phone (SMS), would you consider Twitter an online community? If not, what is it?
- To argue your case, use key concepts from the required readings “Virtual Communities: Abort, Retry, Failure?” by Fernback and Thompson (1995) and/or “Net Surfers don’t ride alone” by Wellman and Gulia (1996).
- Make a concise argument in 500 words or more (proper written English), supported with at least three APA-style citations.
- Start the title of your blog post as “QotW7: _____”
- Drop a comment here with a permalink to your blog post.
17th March, Saturday, 5pm
(Warning: Late work will not be graded)
• “Virtual Communities: Abort, Retry, Failure?” by Fernback and Thompson (1995)
• “Net Surfers don’t ride alone” by Wellman and Gulia (1996)
• “Friends, Friendsters, and Top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites” by Danah Boyd (2006)
• “Wikipedia: Reputation management“