Pernicious virtual communities: Identity, polarisation and the Web 2.0

  title={Pernicious virtual communities: Identity, polarisation and the Web 2.0},
  author={Mitch Parsell},
  journal={Ethics and Information Technology},
  • M. Parsell
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Sociology
  • Ethics and Information Technology
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