Is There A There In Cyberspace

Topics: Community, Community building, Virtual community Pages: 4 (780 words) Published: March 31, 2015
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In this essay, “Is There a There in Cyberspace” by, John Perry Barlow, often speaks and writes about computer communication and online communities and real life communities. He compares the differences of the non-intentional community that he lives in, with a different community that he later found, the online virtual commons for the deadheads. One of the topics that Barlow compares and contrasts from his occupation to American society at the beginning and the end of the 20th century to Pinedale and Deadheads. There were thousands of Deadheads in the community. They were gossiping and complaining mostly about the Grateful Dead, comforting and harassing each other, engaging in religion, beginning and ending love affairs. The Deadheads lacked place, touching down briefly wherever the band was playing. They continuously lacked in time, since they had to suffer a new diaspora every time the band went home. They had many of the other elements of community, which was including a culture, a religion of sorts, a sense of necessity, but most importantly they shared the adversity that they had. Absence of alternatives and sense of genuine adversity, were very important elements that were missing from the communes of the sixty’s and from cyberspace. The principal reason for the almost universal failure of the intentional communities of the ‘60s and ‘70s was a lack of diversity in their members. It was a rare commune with any old people in it, or people who were fundamentally out of philosophical agreement with the majority. The difference of an online community and real life communities, online community is a virtual community that exists online and whose members enable its existence through taking part in membership ritual. It can take form of an information system where anyone can post content, such as weblogs, bulletin board systems. They have also become a supplemental form of communication between people who know each other primarily in real life....

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Anthony Wes, Zamora B.J, Ph.D. DRE: CCC’s Integrated Reading and Writing Manual. Pearson Learning Solutions, English Mercury Reader. Print. 2013
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