The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier

The Virtual Community Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier Howard Rheingold tours the virtual community of online networking Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet In this book he tours the virtual community of online networking He

  • Title: The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier
  • Author: Howard Rheingold
  • ISBN: 9780262681216
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Howard Rheingold tours the virtual community of online networking.Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet In this book he tours the virtual community of online networking He describes a community that is as real and as much a mixed bag as any physical community one where people talk, argue, seek information, organize politically, fall inHoward Rheingold tours the virtual community of online networking.Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet In this book he tours the virtual community of online networking He describes a community that is as real and as much a mixed bag as any physical community one where people talk, argue, seek information, organize politically, fall in love, and dupe others At the same time that he tells moving stories about people who have received online emotional support during devastating illnesses, he acknowledges a darker side to people s behavior in cyberspace Indeed, contends Rheingold, people relate to each other online much the same as they do in physical communities Originally published in 1993, The Virtual Community is timely than ever This edition contains a new chapter, in which the author revisits his ideas about online social communication now that so much of the world s population is wired It also contains an extended bibliography.

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    1. Howard Rheingold

      Aloha I m always excited to interact with readers I m new to but will do my best to check in from time to time A great deal of info and resources, articles, videos, can be found on my website, which I will list here I m 65 and live in Marin County, California just north of the Golden Gate and when I m not writing and when weather permits, when I am writing I m usually to be found in my garden.I ve been a writer my entire adult life, starting at age 23, although I do a lot of other things, teaching at Stanford among them Judy and I have been together for 45 years Married for 35 of those years We have a grown daughter and two dogs that we pamper.

    710 thoughts on “The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier”

    1. Sometimes it is good to back in time and read an out-of-date book on a current issue to see just how much has changed since it was written - especially if it comes from a pioneer, as in this case.This is a 1994 Edition (it was updated at the end of the decade) and so gives us a picture of what virtual communities implied and meant a full two decades ago - an eternity in internet history.It remains valuable as a solid historical account of the early days of what would later become social media an [...]


    2. I decided to read this book as inspiration for a course I am preparing for the Spring of 2011: "Living out loud- the evolution of life online". The book is almost 20 years old, and for me was a trip down memory lane. The number of ideas that Rheingold shares, as he envisions the future of CMC that have come to pass are amazing. In his final chapter he ponders the future and writes: "The prospect of the technical capabilities of a near-ubiquitous high-bandwidth Net in the hands of a small number [...]


    3. I would give the book 3.5 stars, and, had I read it fifteen years ago I would have given it 4 or 5. I guess I was hoping for more theory and analysis than the story of the Internet. But, I am sure that puts me in the minority of readers.



    4. From the epigraph:"We know the rules of community; we know the healing effect of community in terms of individual lives. If we could somehow find a way across the bridge of our knowledge, would not these same rules have a healing effect upon our world? We human beings have often been referred to as social animals. But we are not yet community creatures. We are impelled to relate with each other for our survival. But we do not yet relate with the inclusivity, realism, self-awareness, vulnerabilit [...]


    5. It was an interesting premise for a book, but the edition I read was a bit out of date for today. It was written when the internet was just taking off, so it has nothing in it regarding today's social networking or how people being even more plugged in via smart phones has impacted society.


    6. For a book written 20 years ago, parts of it hold up amazingly well. Rheingold correctly predicted a lot of Internet issues, like service-for-privacy and the rise of social networks.


    7. Surprisingly provocative and useful for an older work, with an absolutely outstanding bibliography. Excellent for both firsthand observations and a broad-ranging lit review.




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