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Community in the Digital Age : Philosophy and Practice - Andrew Feenberg

Community in the Digital Age

Philosophy and Practice

By: Andrew Feenberg (Editor), Darin Barney (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th July 2004
ISBN: 9780742529595
Number Of Pages: 336

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Is the Internet the key to a reinvigorated public life? Or will it fragment society by enabling citizens to associate only with like-minded others? Online community has provided social researchers with insights into our evolving social life. As suburbanization and the breakdown of the extended family and neighborhood isolate individuals more and more, the Internet appears as a possible source for reconnection. Are virtual communities "real" enough to support the kind of personal commitment and growth we associate with community life, or are they fragile and ultimately unsatisfying substitutes for human interaction? Community in the Digital Age features the latest, most challenging work in an important and fast-changing field, providing a forum for some of the leading North American social scientists and philosophers concerned with the social and political implications of this new technology. Their provocative arguments touch on all sides of the debate surrounding the Internet, community, and democracy.

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Community in the Digital Age refreshingly updates and extends the debates about who we are when we are online. Smartly linking offline and online realities and interpretations, the authors of the essays collected here provide us with new and clear understandings of community in the information age. This book may well be considered the harbinger of the next generation of community studies.--Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

Prefacep. vii
Consumers or Citizens? The Online Community Debatep. 1
The Question of Community and Digital Technology
The Vanishing Table, Or Community in a World That Is No Worldp. 31
Is the Internet the Solution to the Problem of Community?p. 53
Nihilism on the Information Highway: Anonymity versus Commitment in the Present Agep. 69
Workers as Cyborgs: Labor and Networked Computersp. 83
Our Split Screensp. 101
Observing Online Communities
Virtual Togetherness: An Everyday Life Perspectivep. 121
Gender and the Commodification of Community: Women.com and gURL.comp. 143
Ethics on the Internet: A Comparative Study of Japan, the United States, and Singaporep. 161
The Democratic Potential of the Internet
Virtually Democratic: Online Communities and Internet Activismp. 183
The Practical Republic: Social Skills and the Progress of Citizenshipp. 201
On Virtual, Democratic Communitiesp. 225
The Internet and Political Transformation Revisitedp. 239
Toward Civic Intelligence: Building a New Sociotechnological Infrastructurep. 263
Indexp. 287
List of Contributorsp. 291
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ISBN: 9780742529595
ISBN-10: 0742529592
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45