In this podcast, we discussed Julian Dibbell’s A Rape in Cyberspace. We really strove to move past the usual discussion of whether or not the rape was really a “rape”, and discuss how the members of LambdaMOO came together after its occurrence. Together, we defined community, worked our way through what occurred in the LambdaMOO realm, and whats its members decided to do in the aftermath of the rape. Does the same kind of community (if it can even be called such) exist in the online world today? What kind of communities do our social networking sites such as Facebook offer? Do they offer us a sense of community that we can truly benefit from? Or is it a fake sense of community? Does Facebook take the place of the communities we are a part of in our real lives?
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