Maintaining Community in the Information Age: The Importance by Karen F. Evans

By Karen F. Evans

Via exploring the studies of neighborhood activists and firms operating with details and verbal exchange know-how (ICT) to construct groups, this ebook bargains a grounded and proficient learn of the function ICT performs in people's lives. the writer emphasizes the significance of networks equipped round belief, shared areas and native wisdom bases within the formation of vital relationships in modern Western societies and in doing so, questions a number of the assumptions which tell the rhetorics of the knowledge age.

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14 Non-use of the Internet affects particular social groups and regions of the world more than others. This leaves existing communities on the Internet, although fashioned from a large and growing Internet populace, denuded of many potential 40 Maintaining Community in the Information Age contributors and as a result, this will affect the nature of the communication which does take place online. Secondly, an element of chance does affect encounters in cyberspace. Given that there are millions of people using the Internet, Wellman will not have an equal chance of meeting with them all.

If one website – or hundreds – is bought by one company, new ones can always be created at little expense. This need to present an alternative to the mass media content provided by the larger conglomerations in the United States is a powerful inspiration for many providers of web content. Boulder Community Network (BCN) website includes both a media and a government/politics information centre. Both centre developers, when interviewed, stressed that what kept them motivated in their, voluntary, work for the network was a clear imperative to ensure that a wide range of sources, both national and international, and a space for alternative views was readily available in cyberspace, although they were also careful to provide links to the main news providers as well as the more obscure and ‘alternative’.

Boulder Community Network (BCN) website includes both a media and a government/politics information centre. Both centre developers, when interviewed, stressed that what kept them motivated in their, voluntary, work for the network was a clear imperative to ensure that a wide range of sources, both national and international, and a space for alternative views was readily available in cyberspace, although they were also careful to provide links to the main news providers as well as the more obscure and ‘alternative’.

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