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The past, present and future of online communities

Well worth a watch, what Howard Rheingold doesn’t know about online communities isn’t worth knowing.


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I’ve got an inbuilt fondness for the encyclopaedia. As a child from a family with a pretty modest income, but one which valued books, Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia took pride of place on the bookshelf. 829 more words

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Smart Mobs: Humanity vs Technology

I struggled with how to divide the topic of technology development since Lev Manovich covers it fairly extensively in The Language of New Media as does Howard Rheingold in… 831 more words


Smart Mobs: Identity Deception & Play

A topic that Howard Rheingold explores in Smart Mobs, and a bit in The Virtual Community, is that of identity. Specifically, he touches on the idea of identity deception as he calls it. 889 more words


Jean Baudrillard's Theories: Exchange & Connection

Expanding from the discussion of Howard Rheingold’s gift economy, I wanted to explore Jean Baudrillard’s interpretation of the ideal space compared to the current, at the time, reality of human interaction and social economy. 465 more words


The Virtual Community: Social Economies

Howard Rheingold’s exploration of the gift economy in The Virtual Community tied in really well with the foundation of Jean Baudrillard’s idealized space of symbolic exchange, which I’ll be analyzing in a separate post. 756 more words


The Virtual Community: Human Connection

Continuing the discussion of Howard Rheingold’s The Virtual Community, another topic that stood out to me was how Rheingold approached the concept of human interaction in the virtual space. 1,036 more words