The Experience of Virtual Communities: Cosmopolitan or Voyeur?

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dc.contributor.authorKomito, Lee- the Authoren_US
dc.description.abstractThere are many perspectives on being cosmopolitan; even the commonplace sense of the word, with its implication of the sophisticated traveller, who is conversant with and adapts with relative ease to many different cultures, stands in notable opposition to the idea of the provincial, whose perspectives are typically narrower and more limited. This commonplace sense is ultimately derived from the Greek Stoics’ assertion that one should not be a citizen of any one state but of the whole world. Often, knowledge of different spheres was the result of physical travel, enabling face-to-face interaction with people in a different society over some period of time. With faster and richer means of electronic communication, and the global diffusion of material culture, such participation would seem to be getting easier, without the requirement of physical travel. In addition, new technologies are enabling the creation of new electronic communities. Increasingly, then, it would appear that one could be ‘cosmopolitan’ without leaving one’s armchair, simply dipping in and out of a variety of cultures, experiences and communities, including electronic communities. Is it possible to consider participation in virtual communities, and typically in electronic communities, in the context of cosmopolitanism? This is the issue which I shall explore in this essay.en_US
dc.publisherPeter Langen_US
dc.relation.ispartofO' Donovan, P., Rascaroli, L. (eds.). The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: Dispositions, Models, Transformationsen_US
dc.rightsThis is an Accepted Manuscript that has been published in O' Donovan, P., Rascaroli, L. (eds.). The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: dispositions, models and transformations. The original work can be found at: © Peter Lang. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectGlobal cultureen_US
dc.subjectElectronic communitiesen_US
dc.titleThe Experience of Virtual Communities: Cosmopolitan or Voyeur?en_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.statusNot peer revieweden_US
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