One big happy family!
// Posted by Ginger on 05/21/2015 (6:43 PM)
This chapter for me was about friends, collegues, and like-minded people sharing ideas. The people are the same but the location are different. Instead of a field or a bus the people are meeting and sharing ideas in a virtual community. From our text, “…individuals could connect to one another without encountering body-based forms of prejudice. They could come together not in random interactions that characterized life in the material world, but by choice, around shared interests” (159-160).
Exchanging ideas and information what an interesting concept. The WELL gave the contributors that opportunity. Turner made this collaboration sound positive and beneficial for everyone that participated. Is it just me, and it probably is, but it seems so different than online forums today. There is always someone complaining or making fun of a posting or happening. There does not seem to be the sense of community or goal towards a common good. It may also be, and I am sure it is the places that I visit online. I would like to make a change and be a part of something positive. I will share more on that later, probably in class because I am going to need all of y’all to help me! Online now seems more for entertainment than a place to gain knowledge. Again, I am sure it is because of the pages that I visit.
I also think it has something to do with my age. I am more of a talk to someone in person type person to solve problems or share ideas. Jessie brought up an excellent point Monday night in class. The tone of an email or post can be misunderstood. If this happens in person you can explain and you can also read the other person’s expressions. What made the WELL so successful is that most of the people on there already knew each other. They were already a part of a community, it just changed location!
It is also important to note what this sense of community and networking led to. On page 150 of our book, Turner wrote about the differences in the earnings of Silicon Valley and that of the Route 128 area.