- What is a community?
- Am I a part of a community?
- What about an online community?
- How being a part of a community shapes who I am?
Examples of communities: university, class, church, nation, group of friends, groups of people who share the same interests of hobbies
?Home? – What is a home? What makes a home feel like a home?
- it’s a sense of comfort, of belonging, a feeling more than a place
Communities aren’t fixed. We choose which community to be a part of based on our interests.
“it appears that in the most usual sense, a community refers to a particular kind of social group, defined by strong personal links. Such a group will be fairly small, so that it is possible for each member to know personally everybody else in the group. Relations are supposed to be direct, face-to-face, frequent and stable. Relations are strongly tinged with affectivity, which is often presented in a positive light. In a rosy version of the picture, relations are warm, cordial, well-meaning and kind. Everybody can count on the sympathy and solidarity of other group members in case of need or mishap.” – a common and powerful myth (Memmi 2006:290)
Community members: active/passive
Online communities and benefits
- reject authority (but it restructures it)
How have online communities changed our sense of belonging?
Online Communities I’m a part of Twitter, Facebook, WeChat, WhatsApp, Vimeo, SoundCloud, WoW