The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier

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MIT Press, Oct 23, 2000 - Computers - 480 pages
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Howard Rheingold tours the "virtual community" of online networking.

Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet. In this book he tours the "virtual community" of online networking. He describes a community that is as real and as much a mixed bag as any physical community—one where people talk, argue, seek information, organize politically, fall in love, and dupe others. At the same time that he tells moving stories about people who have received online emotional support during devastating illnesses, he acknowledges a darker side to people's behavior in cyberspace. Indeed, contends Rheingold, people relate to each other online much the same as they do in physical communities. Originally published in 1993, The Virtual Community is more timely than ever. This edition contains a new chapter, in which the author revisits his ideas about online social communication now that so much more of the world's population is wired. It also contains an extended bibliography.


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An enthusiastic tour of cyberspace by one of its pioneers. In Virtual Reality (1991), Rheingold explored one corner of the amazing new world created and accessed by computers; here, in an equally well ... Read full review

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The Heart of the WELL
Daily Life in Cyberspace How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place
Visionaries and Convergences The Accidental History of the Net
Grassroots Groupminds
MultiUser Dungeons and Alternate Identities
Realtime Tribes
Japan and the Net
Telematique and Messageries Roses A Tale of Two Virtual Communities
Electronic Frontiers and Online Activists
Rethinking Virtual Communities
Afterword 1994

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Page xx - Virtual communities are social aggregations that emerge from the Net when enough people carry on those public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace

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Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (both published by the MIT Press), and Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.

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