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 down-loading, 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.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ronald E. Rice vii
Introduction: Where Is the Shaman? Jim Parker 1
Conceptualizing Electronic Tribes
"A Tribe by Any Other Name..." Tyrone L. Adams Stephen A. Smith 11
Mimetic Kinship: Theorizing Online "Tribalism" Veronica M. Davidov Barbara Andersen 21
Electronic Tribes (E-Tribes): Some Theoretical Perspectives and Implications Bolanle Olaniran 36
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 58
Social Consequences of Electronic Tribalism
Theorizing the E-Tribe on MySpace.com David R. Dewberry 79
Don't Date, Craftsterbate: Dialogue and Resistance on craftster.org Terri L. Russ 96
Guild Life in the World of Warcraft: Online Gaming Tribalism Thomas Brignall III 110
At the Electronic Evergreen: A Computer-Mediated Ethnography of Tribalism in a Newsgroup from Montserrat and Afar Jonathan Skinner 124
Emerging Electronic Tribal Cultures
"Like a neighborhood of sisters": Can Culture Be Formed Electronically? Deborah Clark Vance 143
Gerald M.Phillips as Electronic Tribal Chief: Socioforming Cyberspace Ann Rosenthal 159
Digital Dreamtime, Sonic Talismans: Music Downloading and the Tribal Landscape Michael C. Zalot 177
Magic, Myth, and Mayhem: Tribalization in the Digital Age Leonie Naughton 191
Cybercrime and Counterculture among Electronic Tribes
Mundanes at the Gate... and Perverts Within: Managing Internal and External Threats to Community Online Steve Abrams Smaragd Grun 207
Brotherhood of Blood: Aryan Tribalism and Skinhead Cybercrews Jody M. Roy 229
Radical Tribes at Warre: Primitivists on the Net Mathieu O'Neil 251
A "Tribe" Migrates Crime to Cyberspace: Nigerian Igbos in 419 E-Mail Scams Farooq A. Kperogi Sandra Duhe 269
About the Contributors 289
What People are Saying About This
"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."