Re: communities--virtual and otherwise

David Heller (daveh@PANIX.COM)
Sat, 11 Dec 1993 14:29:12 -0500

On Sat, 11 Dec 1993 U28550%UICVM@UIC.EDU wrote:

> No it doesn't make sense. You claim no consequences. How can you demonstrate
> that claim? Or maybe it's a certain kind of consequence you're talking about.
> I'm also talking about many-to-many e-mail, as my example makes obvious. You
> have yet to demonstrate the VIRTUAL (when you take some time to define that
> term) part such that it is different from any other community of interest in
> any way other than the means of communication. I think that my definition
> covers all of the possibilities, and you have yet to speak to that. Regards.
> Mike
it is virtual b/c there is no real contact between people...nothing is
face to face. It has no consequences b/c there are no strict rules of
governance w/in the is hard to explain this in the relm
of email, MUD's are a much better device, b/c you get people interacting
in real time. I can say anything I want, and basically no one can "arrest
me" for saying it. I'm not sure if you are familiar w/ the amount of
sexual hararssment that goes on on MUD's but it is quite grewsome.

The problem arises when we attach value to this mode of communication, and
start giving it the same definitions as real just isn't.
it is however valueable, but still not real. And it is most definitely
way too confusing to go over in two paragraphs....I suggest anyone
interested in doing research that they should join one of the groups that
I have previously mentioned...from an anthro perspective it can really
blow your mind...x that, I mean from a human perspective.