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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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