Digital Dialogue and Community 2.0: After avatars, trolls and puppets explores the communities that use digital platforms, portals, and applications from daily life to build relationships beyond geographical locality and family links. The book provides detailed analyses of how technology realigns the boundaries between connection, consciousness and community. This book reveals that alongside every engaged, nurturing and supportive group are those who are excluded, marginalised, ridiculed, or forgotten. It explores the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication. Following an introduction from the Editor, the book is then divided into four sections exploring communities and resistance, structures of sharing, professional communication and fandom and consumption. Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0 combines ethnographic methods and professional expertise to open new spaces for thinking about language, identity, and social connections.
- Provides innovative interdisciplinary research, incorporating Library and Information Management, Internet Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Disability Studies and Community Management
- Offers a balanced approach between the ‘bottom up’ and ‘top down’ development of online communities
- Demonstrates the consequences on the configuration of a community when consumers become producers and their lives and experiences are commodified
About the Author
Tara Brabazon, University of Brighton, UK
Table of Contents
Introduction: new imaginings
PART 1 COMMUNITIES, EXILES AND RESISTANCE: The inevitable exile: a missing link in online community discourse; Call it hyper activism: politicising the online Arab public sphere and the quest for authenticity and relevance; What’s in a name? Digital resources and resistance at the global periphery; I have seen the future, and it rings
PART 2 STRUCTURES FOR SHARING: Strangers in the swarm; Status (update) anxiety: social networking, Facebook and community; Becoming Mireila: a virtual ethnography through the eyes of an avatar; Taste is the enemy of creativity: disability, YouTube and a new language
PART 3 PROFESSIONS, PRODUCTION, CONSUMPTIONS: The sound of a librarian: the politics and potential of podcasting in difficult times; The invisible (wo)man; The impact of the video-equipped DSLR; Why media literacy is transformative of the Irish education system: a statement in advocacy; YouTube Academy
PART 4 FANDOM, CONSUMPTION AND COMMUNITY: Live fast, die young, become immortal; All we hear is Lady-o Gaga: Popular Culture 2.0; Copyright and couture: the Comme il Faut experience; Conclusion: white men rule?