Community and Place
Avercamp. A Scene on the Ice near a Town, c. 1615.
Among the Oxford English Dictionary's definitions of "community," we encounter the following, all of which emphasize the importance of place and presence:
- A body of people organized into a political, municipal, or social unity.
- A body of men living in the same locality.
- A body of persons living together, and practising, more or less, community of goods.
- Often applied to those members of a civil community, who have certain circumstances of nativity, religion, or pursuit, common to them, but not shared by those among whom they live; as the British or Chinese community in a foreign city.
What happens to the idea of community when one introduces the virtuality that characterizes the electronic text? As Isel Sulam points out, Virtual Communities in E-Space take several forms
Last modified 27 January 2005