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There are two topics for our consideration: virtual community politics of cyberspace Virtual Community Can people who are alone in a room sitting in front of a computer form a community? Can they be a group of people sharing their feelings with one another and developing a sense of belonging to the group in the same way that people do who are participants in traditional social communities? Community suggest the following: 1) psychological attachment, 2) sense of belonging, 3) shared feeling on the part of a group, 4) sense that "these are my people". It is demonstrated by 1) shared experiences, 2) thinking alike, 3) shared interest in something, 4) participating in activities together. It has also always meant direct human interaction, face-to-face contact and sharing among people who know and trust each other. Can community exist in cyberspace? Rheingold thinks it can. He defines virtual community as any group of people who may never meet one another face to face, but who exchange words and
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Unformatted text preview: ideas through the mediation of computer bulletin boards and networks. In cyberspace, people can chat and argue, engage in intellectual exchanges, participate in buying and selling, distribute information, give emotional support, make plans, brainstorm, gossip, feud, fall in love, find friends, play games, and engage in idle talk. In short, engage in the same things they do in traditional social communities. Most people are not as optimistic as Rheingold. The feeling is that the remoteness and impersonal nature of technology cannot be overcome. Putting words on a computer screen cannot replace face-to-face contact, body language, and verbal expression. It merely creates a delusion of community, resulting in more isolation and creating a society were people don't learn how to participate in civil discourse. Is the idea of virtual community an illusion or a reality? That is what we have to consider....
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