reading response 11

The most interesting concept from this week for me came from Howard Rheingold's "The Virtual Community", because it looks at the earlier stages of the internet and how it has evolved, or in some aspects, devolved. Rheingold talks about the virtual communities that are formed on the internet, how technologies like IRC, BBS and others started forming and connecting people. Rheingold describes the idea of cyberspace as, "a social Petri dish, the Net as the agar medium and the virtual communities-- as colonies of microorganisms that grow in petri dishes.

New and Different Community

In his article, The Virtual Community, Harold Rheingold discusses the number of ways in which the interconnections he's established through a virtual community has affected his real life. Rheingold holds the opinion that the interactions that occur virtually have implications no less real than the ones people have regularly in face to face situations. This is because of our emotional and intellectual stock in this world as well as the fact that one could potentially meet someone in person whom they had originally met online.

Virtual goodness

This weeks reading were all about the formation and existence of online communities and how they affect real life.

big money

Howard Rheingold's essay on "The Virtual Community" claims that cyberspace can change how we experience events in the real world. People are influenced by their interaction with the virtual community. Those who normally do not keep in contact with friends from high school in reality can do so online by simply posting on their Facebook, using Instant Messaging, or sending an e-mail. Computer-mediated communications (CMC) make these forms of communication possible. In fact, virtual communication is no longer limited to written conversations.

Tyra= Ridiculous


This video is really funny because Tyra goes crazy over VASELIIIIIIIINE. So exciting. It also makes me think, though, about how youtube posting infringes on television rights. Is there any way to really regulate this? While this clip of Tyra's oh so amazing talk show isn't worth much in the eyes of the common person, it still belongs to fox. We've probably already brought this issue up but I'm curious to know if anyone has more knowledge on it.

p.s. I'm pretty sure it's not a joke.



i think its interesting to consider what our facebook accounts will be to us in the future. someone in class mentioned that they would like to keep their facebook and then look back on it in the future. i thought about this and realized that looking back on old phos on the internet would be like looking at a scrapbook but on the internet. this seemed somewhat scary to me b/c it would be a public scrapbook online. It also just shows how much things have evolved and how technology has changed what is private and public.

The Strength of Internet Ties

Despite the fact that The Strength of Internet Ties was somewhat outdated and did give conclusions that were not surprising, it was interesting and important to actually address the impact of social networking sites and email on how people communicate these days. I would agree with the conclusions that these new digital media outlets have not actually affected how much we keep in contact with cores ties and significant ties. It was interesting to see results when this has been a debate that has gone on through much of my life.

my life with technology

As with all communication breakthroughs, the Internet suddenly allowed people to communicate with many new communities. At first, early users of the Internet created brand new communities that flourished in the realms of MUD's, but the PEW studies have shown that people are not necessarily using the Internet to create new friends. From my experience on the Internet, I have to agree with the PEW studies in the sense that the greater purpose being served by many online communities is to improve communication among already existent communities.

The Internet is a series of tubes

In "The Strength of Internet Ties", Pew Internet makes some very interesting points about the effect that the Internet has on our social lives. Many of their arguments go against popular beliefs, but I believe that for the most part their points are valid and firmly backed.

How real can a virtual community feel?

In this week's readings, we discussed the concept of virtual communities and internet ties between people. This is a massively popular form of communication today, people are no longer constructed by the physical nature of life, as they can find interesting people with common interests from all over the world. This internet friendships at times often break through the boundary of cyberspace into the real world, creating an interesting dynamic between the digital space of the internet to real life, and how exactly the two seem to interact in today's day and age.

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