If you build it, they will not necessarily come: The need for online communication research into communities of place

Foth, Marcus (2003) If you build it, they will not necessarily come: The need for online communication research into communities of place. In Communications Research Forum 2003, 1-2 October 2003, Canberra, Australia.


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Current communication research into online communities is strongly directed at peer-topeer networks and virtual communities which are dispersed and not linked to any one physical location. The popularity of these internet communities can be attributed to the way they enable the exchange of information based on interest, practice, commerce, or support needs, and how members can easily establish social relations with each other. Within a local context, the internet holds the potential to grow strong and social capital rich communities of place which foster civic engagement, trust amongst residents and acts of reciprocity. However, this does not happen automatically, and there is a lack of understanding how local communities can make the technology work for them. Thus, new research is needed to inform the design process of online communication networks to grow sustainable communities of place.

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ID Code: 187
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Online communication research, Communities of place, Online communities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:03

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