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The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier

por Howard Rheingold

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Howard Rheingold tours the "virtual community" of online networking. Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet. In this book he tours the "virtual community" of online networking. He describes a community that is as real and as much a mixed bag as any physical community--one where people talk, argue, seek information, organize politically, fall in love, and dupe others. At the same time that he tells moving stories about people who have received online emotional support during devastating illnesses, he acknowledges a darker side to people's behavior in cyberspace. Indeed, contends Rheingold, people relate to each other online much the same as they do in physical communities. Originally published in 1993, The Virtual Community is more timely than ever. This edition contains a new chapter, in which the author revisits his ideas about online social communication now that so much more of the world's population is wired. It also contains an extended bibliography.… (mais)
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In The Virtual Community Howard Rhenigold, technology guru and author of the acclaimed Virtual Reality, takes us inside the network that is transforming every form of communication, from marketing to sex-chat to world-wide political action. All over the globe, people who have never met are linking up by computer. They are sharing scientific research, child-rearing tips, business strategies, political opinions, sexual fantasies and the contents of entire libraries. Moreover, they are building real and powerful communities based on interest rather than geography, and in so doing redefining the social fabric. Rheingold helps us understand the full weight of this phenomenon in every aspect, from the psychological needs that make online communication so compelling, to the revolutionary implications for business and political organizations, to issues of free speech and who will own and control the infrastructure that makes it all possible.
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Howard Rheingold tours the "virtual community" of online networking. Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet. In this book he tours the "virtual community" of online networking. He describes a community that is as real and as much a mixed bag as any physical community--one where people talk, argue, seek information, organize politically, fall in love, and dupe others. At the same time that he tells moving stories about people who have received online emotional support during devastating illnesses, he acknowledges a darker side to people's behavior in cyberspace. Indeed, contends Rheingold, people relate to each other online much the same as they do in physical communities. Originally published in 1993, The Virtual Community is more timely than ever. This edition contains a new chapter, in which the author revisits his ideas about online social communication now that so much more of the world's population is wired. It also contains an extended bibliography.

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