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Communities, networks, individuals : place, self and everyday life on the internet

Allen, Matthew 2012, Communities, networks, individuals : place, self and everyday life on the internet, in IADIS ITS 2012 : Proceedings of THE IADIS International Conference : Internet Technologies & Society, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, W. A..

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Title Communities, networks, individuals : place, self and everyday life on the internet
Alternative title Invited keynote : communities, networks, individuals : place, self and everyday life on the internet
Author(s) Allen, MatthewORCID iD for Allen, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8882-8763
Conference name International Association for the development of the Information Society International Conference on Internet Technologies & Society (2012 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W. A.
Conference dates 28-30 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings IADIS ITS 2012 : Proceedings of THE IADIS International Conference : Internet Technologies & Society
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series International Association for the Development of the Information Society International Conference on Internet Technologies and Society
Publisher Curtin University of Technology
Place of publication Perth, W. A.
Keyword(s) communities
networks
individuals
internet
Summary In this paper, I review the long-established use of the concept of ‘community’ which attempts both to perceive and analyse the experience of human interaction, mediated by networked computing. Ever since this form of communication commenced, it was clear that it was no ‘bloodless technological ritual’ (Rheingold, 1994), but something much more deeply human and expressive. For many years, the conceptual apparatus of ‘community’ served as the primary means for understanding the limits and potentials of this activity. However, the recent rise of social networking and social media might cast doubt on the legitimacy of this contested term’s continued relevance. Thus, I move from community to self, via the network notation that has come now to dominate our terminologies. I seek to demonstrate that, as the Internet has become interleaved with everyday life to the point where there is no distinction, for many people, between online and offline, we need to think again about how and what community might mean. In doing so, I suggest that the relationship between self and others, mediated or otherwise, is always one of shared ‘place’ but that contemporary practices of social networking differ significantly in how that place is shared and the degree of collective effort required.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050935

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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