• Virtual communities in their simplest form represent
• Virtual communities are characterized by: shared interests, they
are based on geography, they involved the exchange of text,
voice, images in these ongoing discursive communities
Participants in Virtual Communities
• Participants and the communities themselves can ideally
function as forums for the open sharing and exchange of INFO!
• Virtual communites can act as emotional support as well
Virtual Environments – can they act as a place for information
exchange or a place for SOCIALIZING?
• Blanchard & Horan – the exchange and availability of information
are perhaps the most important aspects of community networks
• People that go into these worlds is profoundly human, virtual
worlds show us how our real lives have been VIRTUAL all along.
Blanchard some what goes on to imply that we construct what
we want to (ideally anyways) in real life so it is definitely a real
experience just as much as a virtual world is as well.
“Sociality” is a part of the information prac