Virtual Community: Finding Connection in a Computerized World

Virtual Community: Finding Connection in a Computerized World

by Howard Rheingold
     
 

The technology news is filled with money as corporate moguls from Hollywood, the cable business, the computer industry, and the telephone companies scramble to exploit America's much ballyhooed "Electronic Superhighway". Suddenly, the interlinked network for computerized communication that grew up quietly on its own is gushing "Infotainment" possibilities. Interactive… See more details below

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The technology news is filled with money as corporate moguls from Hollywood, the cable business, the computer industry, and the telephone companies scramble to exploit America's much ballyhooed "Electronic Superhighway". Suddenly, the interlinked network for computerized communication that grew up quietly on its own is gushing "Infotainment" possibilities. Interactive is the buzz word today, alongside convergence, cyberspace, and digital future. In The Virtual Community, Howard Rheingold returns the focus of our attention to people, working back from this commercialized present to the very beginnings of computer-mediated communication, giving us the lay of the land before it was discovered by government and the corporate giants. What he reveals to us is a true electronic frontier of fiercely independent enthusiasts who have created closely knit communities and a rich culture on-line, exchanging everything from scientific data to sexual fantasies, child-rearing tips, and free-ranging political opinions. As Rheingold makes clear, this one of several possible "futures" already exists in very appealing form on-line. The question he poses is: Will these original homesteaders on the electronic frontier now be driven out by the "railroad and cattle barons" of the communications industry? Even more important, through censorship and commercialization, will we all lose the greatest resource ever for community-building and the free expression of ideas, even before most of us know of its existence? Howard Rheingold is the ultimate insider on networked communication, a key participant in the Bay Area "WELL" on-line community. Venturing out from his own neighborhood on the WELL, he gives us a tour of on-line culture in Japan, England, France, and on small and large bulletin boards and networks throughout the United States. He shows us the depth of human interaction made possible, ironically enough, by this seemingly faceless technology, as well as the power of true electroni

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201608700
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Heart of the WELL17
Ch. 2Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place38
Ch. 3Visionaries and Convergences: The Accidental History of the Net65
Ch. 4Grassroots Groupminds110
Ch. 5Multi-User Dungeons and Alternate Identities145
Ch. 6Real-time Tribes176
Ch. 7Japan and the Net197
Ch. 8Telematique and Messageries Rose: A Tale of Two Virtual Communities220
Ch. 9Electronic Frontiers and Online Activists241
Ch. 10Disinformacracy276
Bibliography301
Index307

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