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Bad Communities

Ferreday, Debra (2005) Bad Communities. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 8 (1). ISSN 1441-2616

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Abstract

Over the last decade or so, much has been written about the possibilities offered by the internet for creating sites of community based on exchange, collaboration, and reciprocity. Since Howard Rheingold published his polemic, The Virtual Community, in 1993, much has been written on this subject. The notion of just what constitutes ‘virtual reality’ has been extensively debated; however, ‘community’ is almost universally assumed to be good. There are failed communities and successful communities, but the critique of ‘community’ itself as a concept stops there. How, then, do we account for websites that create a sense of community precisely through the promotion of hatred and violence, and on which hatred of others is what the community ‘has in common’?

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community ; Digital Cultures ; Internet ; Hate Speech
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 58324
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2012 15:33
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 15:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58324

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