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CyberSociety 2.0 : revisiting computer-mediated communication and community
Jones, Steve, 1961-
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Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, [1998]

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xvii, 238 pages ; 24 cm.
Information, Internet, and community : notes toward an understanding of community in the information age / Steven G. Jones -- The emergence of on-line community / Nancy K. Baym -- Designing genres for new media : social, economic, and political contexts / Philip E. Agre -- Feminist fictions of future technology / Cheris Kramarae -- Text as mask : gender, play, and performance on the Internet / Brenda Danet -- Dating on the net : teens and the rise of "pure" relationships / Lynn Schofield Clark -- Virtual ethnicity : tribal identity in an age of global communications / Mark Poster --Dissolution and fragmentation : problems in on-line communities / Beth Kolko and Elizabeth Reid.
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TK5105.5 .C917 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Like its predecessor, the bestselling CyberSociety , published in 1994, Cybersociety 2.0 is rooted in criticism and analysis of computer-mediated technologies to assist readers in becoming critically aware of the hype and hopes pinned on computer-mediated communication and of the cultures that are emerging among Internet users. Both books are products of a particular moment in time, and serve as snapshots of the concerns and issues that surround the burgeoning new technologies of communication.

After a brief introduction to the history of computer-mediated communication, each essay in this volume highlights specific cyber `societies′ and how computer-mediated communication affects the notion of self and its relation to community. Contributors probe issues of community, standards of conduct, communication, means of fixing identity, knowledge, information and the exercise of power in social relations.

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This collection of essays addresses some societal and philosophical issues raised by Computer-Mediated Communication [CMC]. The essays include Steven G. Jones's "Information, Internet, and Community: Notes toward an Understanding of Community in the Information Age"; Nancy K. Baym's "The Emergence of On-Line Community"; Philip E. Agre's "Designing Genres for New Media: Social, Economic, and Political Contexts"; Cheris Kramarae's "Feminist Fictions in Future Technology"; and Brenda Danet's "Text as Mask: Gender, Play, and Performance on the Internet" an interesting study of the mores of IRC's [Internet Relay Chat] and MOO's [Object Oriented Multi-User Domain]. Lynn Schofield Clark offers a perceptive discussion of Internet relationships "Dating on the Net: Teens and the Rise of 'Pure' Relationships." In "Virtual Ethnicity: Tribal Identity in an Age of Global Communications," Mark Poster very thoughtfully deals with the impact of CMC on ethnic identity, with an intriguing discussion of the "Cyberjew" as a "new Paradigm" of Judaism. "Dissolution and Fragmentation: Problems in On-Line Communities," by Beth Bolko and Elizabeth Reid, is a perceptive study of "what it means to fail in cyberspace as a virtual self and as a virtual community." General readers; undergraduates through professionals. J. Mayer; formerly, Lebanon Valley College

Table of Contents

IntroductionSteven Jones
Information, Internet and CommunitySteven Jones
Notes toward an Understanding of Community in the Information Age
The Emergence of On-line CommunityNancy K Baym
Designing Genres for New MediaPhilip E Agre
Social, Economic and Political Contexts
Feminist Fictions of Future TechnologyCheris Kramarae
Text as MaskBrenda Danet
Gender, Play, and Performance on the Internet
Dating on the NetLynn Schofield Clark
Teens and the Rise of 'Pure' Relationships
Virtual EthnicityMark Poster
Tribal Identity in an Age of Global Communications
Dissolution and FragmentationBeth Kolko and Elizabeth Reid
Problems in On-line Communities