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The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

There is a there there: Notes Toward a Definition of Cybercommunity
There is a there there: Notes toward a definition of cybercommunity
JanFernback

For those scholars researching the rich terrain of social relations in cyberspace, there are methodological concerns that alert our sensibilities as researchers. How can we apply traditional sociological terms to the patterns of human interaction that develop in the “bodiless” province of cyberspace? How should we approach computer-mediated communication (CMC) research with an eye toward the accepted wisdom of the tenets of ethnomethodology, observation, interpretation, and empirical verification? So much has been written, both in popular and scholarly venues, about one such form of virtual human interaction—cybercommunity. Virtual interaction transforms the ways people relate to each other, and admittedly, not all of these ways ...

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