Beyond the diluted community concept: a symbolic interactionist perspective on online social relations

  title={Beyond the diluted community concept: a symbolic interactionist perspective on online social relations},
  author={J. Fernback},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  pages={49 - 69}
  • J. Fernback
  • Published 2007
  • Computer Science, Sociology
  • New Media & Society
The study of cybercommunity is inevitably linked to the development of the internet amid other cultural phenomena, and cybercommunity as a cultural practice has clearly reached a point of critical mass. The concept of online community has become increasingly diluted as it evolves into a pastiche of elements that ostensibly ‘signify’ community. This study grapples with the concept of community in cyberspace and suggests alternative ways of characterizing online social relations that avoid the… Expand
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