A Sense of Control. Virtual Communities for People with by Christine Tilley

By Christine Tilley

This paintings develops a theoretical framework for a digital group for individuals with long term, critical mobility disabilities. It proposes ideas for imposing a digital neighborhood version according to consumer details wishes. The relevant subject to emerge from their narratives is how using info and communications expertise (ICT) lets them regain a feeling of keep an eye on. the belief is that the know-how offers thoughts for independence and enables self-empowerment.

  • Draws at the author's wide-ranging event of ICT and disability
  • Provides functional and real looking suggestions to real-world problems

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Nonetheless, he observes that the word ‘community’ provides a useful metaphor, because it defines the need for community as a social goal. He points out that two very interesting findings emerge from virtual 25 A Sense of Control communities. The first is that there are distinctive new kinds of social groups, which are strongest when they complement their network communication with face-to-face meetings. : 6–7). Characteristics and functions of virtual communities Although unique, each virtual community or community network shares four common characteristics that differentiate them from other types of networks (Odasz, 1994, 1995b, 1995c).

Their strengths have primarily come from their concerted attempts to document fully their philosophical positions and achievements. Rheingold (1994b: 276) was alert to the fact that virtual communities could help citizens revitalise democracy, or could become an attractively packaged substitute for democratic discourse. : 292). : 279–81, 297). Rheingold sought to balance the dilemma of believing in the democratising potential of virtual communities and the technological criticisms. He believed people must constantly question the reality of their online cultures and remind others of the powerful illusory capabilities of electronic communication.

In the space of one paragraph, Rheingold (1994b: 58) encapsulates the essence of an online community in a way that is still viable today, when textual communication no longer continues to be the dominant default medium of communication: In cyberspace, we chat and argue, engage in intellectual discourse, perform acts of commerce, exchange knowledge, share emotional support, make plans, brainstorm, gossip, feud, fall in love, find friends and lose them, play games and metagames, flirt… We do everything people do when people get together, but we do it with words on computer screens, leaving our bodies behind… our identities commingle and interact electronically, independent of local time or location.

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