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Virtual Culture marks a significant intervention in the current debate about access and control in cybersociety exposing the ways in which the Internet and other computer-mediated communication technologies are being used by disadvantaged and marginal groups - such as gay men, women, fan communities and the homeless - for social and political change. The contributors to this book apply a range of theoretical perspecitves derived from communication studies, sociology and anthropology to demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities for cybersociety as an identity-structured space.
Chapter 3: Virtual Commonality: Looking for India on the Internet
Virtual Commonality: Looking for India on the Internet
The notion of community has become a central construct in thinking about the way humans organize their lives. In the electronic age, particularly in the age of the Internet, this organization of human activities has become more complex with the availability of fast, efficient, and powerful means of communication that can have a significant impact on the way we organize the communities we live in and interact with. Moreover, that effect need not be restricted to specific geographic spaces but can be widespread as the tentacles of computer-mediated communication (CMC) reach across the globe. It is thus important to reconceptualize the “community” as a construct that helps us understand the ...