Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers [NOOK Book]

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Whether people want to play games and download music, engage in social networking and professional collaboration, or view pornography and incite terror, the Internet provides myriad opportunities for people who share common interests to find each other. The contributors to this book argue that these self-selected online groups are best understood as tribes, with many of the same ramifications, both positive and negative, that tribalism has in the non-cyber world. In Electronic Tribes, the authors of sixteen ...
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Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers

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Overview

Whether people want to play games and download music, engage in social networking and professional collaboration, or view pornography and incite terror, the Internet provides myriad opportunities for people who share common interests to find each other. The contributors to this book argue that these self-selected online groups are best understood as tribes, with many of the same ramifications, both positive and negative, that tribalism has in the non-cyber world. In Electronic Tribes, the authors of sixteen competitively selected essays provide an up-to-the-minute look at the social uses and occasional abuses of online communication in the new media era. They explore many current Internet subcultures, including MySpace.com, craftster.org, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, music downloading, white supremacist and other counterculture groups, and Nigerian e-mail scams. Their research raises compelling questions and some remarkable answers about the real-life social consequences of participating in electronic tribes. Collectively, the contributors to this book capture a profound shift in the way people connect, as communities formed by geographical proximity are giving way to communities-both online and offline-formed around ideas.
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What People Are Saying

H. L. Goodall Jr.
The major contribution of this book is that the idea of 'tribe' is fully and robustly explicated in ways that challenge existing wisdom, particularly the idea that Internet users are best understood as communities. . . . The richness of diverse research resources is evident in every chapter. I particularly commend the editors on the international perspective and the inclusion of such a surprising array of subcultures.
H. L. Goodall Jr., Director, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
H. L. Goodall Jr.
The major contribution of this book is that the idea of 'tribe' is fully and robustly explicated in ways that challenge existing wisdom, particularly the idea that Internet users are best understood as communities. . . . The richness of diverse research resources is evident in every chapter. I particularly commend the editors on the international perspective and the inclusion of such a surprising array of subcultures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292784475
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

TYRONE L. ADAMS is the Richard D'Aquin Professor of Journalism and Communications at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

STEPHEN A. SMITH is Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald E. Rice Rice, Ronald E.

Introduction: Where Is the Shaman? Jim Parker Parker, Jim

Pt. I Conceptualizing Electronic Tribes

Ch. 1 "A Tribe by Any Other Name...," Tyrone L. Adams Adams, Tyrone L. Stephen A. Smith Smith, Stephen A.

Ch. 2 Mimetic Kinship: Theorizing Online "Tribalism," Veronica M. Davidov Davidov, Veronica M. Barbara Andersen Andersen, Barbara

Ch. 3 Electronic Tribes (E-Tribes): Some Theoretical Perspectives and Implications Bolanle Olaniran Olaniran, Bolanle

Ch. 4 Revisiting the Impact of Tribalism on Civil Society: An Investigation of the Potential Benefits of Membership in an E-Tribe on Public Discourse Christina Standerfer Standerfer, Christina

Pt. II Social Consequences of Electronic Tribalism

Ch. 5 Theorizing the E-Tribe on MySpace.com David R. Dewberry Dewberry, David R.

Ch. 6 Don't Date, Craftsterbate: Dialogue and Resistance on craftster.org Terri L. Russ Russ, Terri L.

Ch. 7 Guild Life in the World of Warcraft: Online Gaming Tribalism Thomas Brignall III Brignall, Thomas, III

Ch. 8 At the Electronic Evergreen: A Computer-Mediated Ethnography of Tribalism in a Newsgroup from Montserrat and Afar, Jonathan Skinner

Pt. III Emerging Electronic Tribal Cultures

Ch. 9 "Like a neighborhood of sisters": Can Culture Be Formed Electronically? Deborah Clark Vance

Ch. 10 Gerald M. Phillips as Electronic Tribal Chief: Socioforming Cyberspace, Ann Rosenthal

Ch. 11 Digital Dreamtime, Sonic Talismans: Music Downloading and the Tribal Landscape, Michael C. Zalot

Ch. 12 Magic, Myth, and Mayhem: Tribalization in the Digital Age, Leonie Naughton

Pt. IV Cybercrime and Counterculture amongElectronic Tribes

Ch. 13 Mundanes at the Gate ... and Perverts Within: Managing Internal and External Threats to Community Online Steve Abrams Abrams, Steve Smaragd Grun Grun, Smaragd

Ch. 14 Brotherhood of Blood: Aryan Tribalism and Skinhead Cybercrews Jody M. Roy Roy, Jody M.

Ch. 15 Radical Tribes at Warre: Primitivists on the Net Mathieu O'Neil O'Neil, Mathieu

Ch. 16 A "Tribe" Migrates Crime to Cyberspace: Nigerian Igbos in 419 E-Mail Scams Farooq A. Kperogi Kperogi, Farooq A. Sandra Duhe Duhe, Sandra

About the Contributors

Index

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