Is the Internet the key to a reinvigorated public life? Or will it fragment society by enabling citizens to associate only with like-minded others? Online community has provided social researchers with insights into our evolving social life. As suburbanization and the breakdown of the extended family and neighborhood isolate individuals more and more, the Internet appears as a possible source for reconnection. Are virtual communities "real" enough to support the kind of personal commitment and growth we associate with community life, or are they fragile and ultimately unsatisfying substitutes for human interaction? Community in the Digital Age features the latest, most challenging work in an important and fast-changing field, providing a forum for some of the leading North American social scientists and philosophers concerned with the social and political implications of this new technology. Their provocative arguments touch on all sides of the debate surrounding the Internet, community, and democracy.
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About the Author
Andrew Feenberg is the Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Technology at Simon Fraser University. Darin Barney is assistant professor of communication at McGill University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 3 1 Consumers or Citizens? The Online Community Debate Part 4 Part I: The Question of Community and Digital Technology Chapter 5 2 The Vanishing Table, or Community in a World That is No World Chapter 6 3 Is the Internet the Solution to the Problem of Community? Chapter 7 4 Nihilism on the Information Highway: Anonymity versus commitment in the Present Age Chapter 8 5 Workers as Cyborgs: Labor and Networked Computers Chapter 9 6 Our Split Screens Part 10 Part II Observing Online Communities Chapter 11 7 Virtual Togetherness: An Everyday Life Perspective Chapter 12 8 Gender and the Commodification of Community: Women.com and gURL.com Chapter 13 9 Ethics on the Internet: A Comparative Study of Japan, the United States, and Singapore Part 14 Part III The Democratic Potential of the Internet Chapter 15 10 Virtually Democratic: Online Communities and Internet Activism Chapter 16 11 The Practical Republic: Social Skills and the Progress of Citizenship Chapter 17 12 On Virtual, Democratic Communities Chapter 18 13 The Internet and Political Transformation Revisited Chapter 19 14 Towards Civic Intelligence: Building a New Sociotechnological Infrastructure