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6_Media Activism and Internet Use by People with AIDS

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Media activism and Internet use by people with HIV/AIDS 613 © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/Editorial Board 2003 disconnection among users of the Internet. Castells (1996: 199), for instance, has argued that networks across the Internet resist any single unifying culture or structure and comprise ‘many cultures, many values, many projects, that cross through the minds and inform the strategies of the various participants’. This pluralism of ‘cultures, values and projects’ raises the question of whether there are structural elements that Internet users draw on in seeking self representation (Hardey 2002). The Internet sites in this study were all unique; they were an expression of the distinctive experiences, interests and life circumstances of the indi- viduals who created them. A number of sites were quite elaborate, using advanced software and featuring chat rooms, webcams, and audio files. There were also sites that were very rudimentary, consisting of only a few pages of text. Most sites had been produced for two to three years, yet some
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