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Lifestream Week 6

“I used to grow lentils in yogurt cups in grade school” FaceBook group with 68,000+ members. Is this a community?

This was a week almost entirely devoted to researching virtual ethnography and online communities. The anthropological aspect of ethnographic work always fascinated me in the same way I find traveling to a foreign country fascinating. In [...]

Lifestream Week 5

We’ve entered Block 2 and our subject is Virtual Communities. I read in Howard Rheingold’s introductory chapter to The Virtual Community that the first BBSs opened in the USA in 1979. My own first experience was the Greek BBS I joined around 1992 using a 9.6K modem and an analogue line. Slow as hell. But [...]

What is (in) a community?

Our task for the next two weeks is rather paradoxical: we are supposed to conduct an ethnographic study of an online community. Problem is, it’s very hard to find two cyberculture theorists who agree on what an online community is; In “Community and Cyberculture” (a chapter off An Introduction to CyberCultures) David Bell gives an [...]