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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place

Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place

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(p.61) 3 Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place
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Social Media Archeology and Poetics
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Howard Rheingold

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.003.0003

Reprinted from legendary cyberspace pioneer Howard Rheingold's classic, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier, “Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place” situates the reader in the context of social media before the World Wide Web. Rheingold narrates how he became involved in The WELL community; details community and personalities on The WELL; and documents user experience with the WELL's conferencing system, including how conversations are created and organized and how social media compares to face to face dialog. Rheingold also explores social media-based dialog in terms of reciprocity; “elegantly presented knowledge”; the tradition of conversation in the Athenian agora; and the value of freedom of expression. Introduced by Judy Malloy.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Social Media - Conferencing Systems, Social Media - Online Community, Virtual Community, The WELL, Cyberspace, Counterculture, Freedom of Expression

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