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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Issue number: 2, January-June 2004


Francisco Javier Valiente Universidad San Pablo- CEU
Title Virtual Communities in the Cyber Space Summary The new communication technologies are spawning new forms of socialisation. A cluster of virtual communities has gradually built up around internet, each developing its own modus operandi. This article, working from the definition of the terms community and virtual, portrays the characteristics of this new type of socialisation and the role that many of these communities might play in the building up of what Pierre calls "collective intelligence". First of all it offers a classification of these virtual communities, after which it analyses some of the factors that usually excite most criticism over the relations created in these communities, such as the isolation of individuals, the problem of identity and the ephemeral and superficial character of the relations established therein. Keywords Virtual communities, media socialisation, new types of socialisation.


doi: https://doi.org/10.31921/doxacom.n2a9


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