Electronic communities in an information society: paradise, mirage, or malaise?

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Title: Electronic communities in an information society: paradise, mirage, or malaise?
Authors: Komito, Lee
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10193
Date: 1-Jan-2001
Online since: 2019-04-29T10:58:30Z
Abstract: Communities and neighbourhoods are often perceived to be under threat in the information society, as technological developments accelerate economic and social change. Technological developments may also provide a solution: 'virtual communities'. There has been much debate about whether virtual communities can exist, but in the midst of such debates there has been little recognition that 'community' is a complex phenomenon. Many varieties of community exist, which can be categorised as moral, normative or proximate. Evidence suggests that some varieties of community can be constituted via electronic communication, but it is probably not possible to replicate those features of community that many people find lacking in modern life. Such a lack, and the desire for virtual communities as a response to that lack, are symptomatic of individuals' disengagement from social and political participation. If the process continues, this suggests an information society constituted by segmented diversity with isolated pockets of sociability.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald
Journal: Journal of Documentation
Volume: 57
Issue: 1
Start page: 115
End page: 129
Copyright (published version): 2001 MCB UP Limited
Keywords: Technological forecastingInformation systemsTechnology
DOI: 10.1108/EUM0000000007080
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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