The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier / Edition 2

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Overview

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 in1993, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262681216
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 479
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author ofTools 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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Table of Contents

Preface to The MIT Press Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Heart of the WELL
2 Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place
3 Visionaries and Convergences: The
Accidental History of the Net
4 Grassroots Groupminds
5 Multiuser Dungeons and Alternate Identities
6 Realtime Tribes
7 Japan and the Net
8 Télématique and Messageries Rose: A Tale of Two Virtual Communities
9 Electronic Frontiers and Online Activists
10 Disinformocracy
11 Rethinking Virtual Communities
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
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