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Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0

Book Description

Digital Dialogue and Community 2.0: After avatars, trolls and puppets explores the communities that use digital platforms, portals, and applications from daily life to build relationships beyond geographical locality and family links. The book provides detailed analyses of how technology realigns the boundaries between connection, consciousness and community. This book reveals that alongside every engaged, nurturing and supportive group are those who are excluded, marginalised, ridiculed, or forgotten. It explores the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication. Following an introduction from the Editor, the book is then divided into four sections exploring communities and resistance, structures of sharing, professional communication and fandom and consumption. Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0 combines ethnographic methods and professional expertise to open new spaces for thinking about language, identity, and social connections.

  • Provides innovative interdisciplinary research, incorporating Library and Information Management, Internet Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Disability Studies and Community Management
  • Offers a balanced approach between the ‘bottom up’ and ‘top down’ development of online communities
  • Demonstrates the consequences on the configuration of a community when consumers become producers and their lives and experiences are commodified

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of tables and boxes
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. About the contributors
  8. Introduction: new imaginings
  9. Part 1: Communities, Exiles and Resistance
    1. Chapter 1: The inevitable exile: a missing link in online community discourse
      1. Abstract:
      2. Place is the thing
      3. Panoptical temptation
      4. Reincarnation as networked norm
      5. Forgiveness not permission
      6. Culture jammer or parasite?
      7. I’ve got you under my skin
      8. Permaban and punish
      9. Legibility and responsibility
      10. Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right94
    2. Chapter 2: Call it hyper activism: politicising the online Arab public sphere and the quest for authenticity and relevance
      1. Abstract:
      2. From blogging to YouTube: politicising the internet
      3. From call-in programs to online comments: participatory culture
    3. Chapter 3: What’s in a name? Digital resources and resistance at the global periphery
      1. Abstract:
      2. Resistance and the nation state
      5. Tuvalu and .tv
      6. .md: who represents Moldova?
      7. What’s in a domain (name)?
      8. Cautions and conflicts: .tp and Timorese independence
    4. Chapter 4: I have seen the future, and it rings
      1. Abstract:
      2. Mobile phones and social change
      3. Day-to-day use of mobile phones
      4. Conclusion
  10. Part 2: Structures for Sharing
    1. Chapter 5: Strangers in the swarm
      1. Abstract:
      2. The history of file sharing
      3. Bit Torrent
      4. Identities in the swarm
      5. The future
    2. Chapter 6: Status (update) anxiety: social networking, Facebook and community
      1. Abstract:
      2. It’s all about me
      3. Watching the self (being watched)
    3. Chapter 7: Becoming Mireila: a virtual ethnography through the eyes of an avatar
      1. Abstract:
      2. Entry
      3. Stripping Mireila
      4. Feeders
      5. Self
    4. Chapter 8: Taste is the enemy of creativity: disability, YouTube and a new language
      1. Abstract:
      2. Disability is a social construction
      3. Lessons from Picasso
      4. Digital disability
  11. Part 3: Professions, Production, Consumptions
    1. Chapter 9: The sound of a librarian: the politics and potential of podcasting in difficult times
      1. Abstract:
      2. iPod studies
      3. Why should librarians use podcasts?
      4. Questions of quality
    2. Chapter 10: The invisible (wo)man
      1. Abstract:
      2. Introducing Nazlin
      3. Endings
    3. Chapter 11: The impact of the video-equipped DSLR
      1. Abstract:
      2. The video DSLR
      3. The future
    4. Chapter 12: Why media literacy is transformative of the Irish education system: a statement in advocacy
      1. Abstract:
      2. New literacies
      3. Managing disadvantage
      4. Multiliteracy for an Information Age
    5. Chapter 13: YouTube Academy
      1. Abstract:
      2. Doing ‘everything’ with YouTube
      3. Broadcasting academics
  12. Part 4: Fandom, Consumption and Community
    1. Chapter 14: Live fast, die young, become immortal
      1. Abstract:
      2. Prescience
      3. Mediated grief
      4. Living digital death
    2. Chapter 15: All we hear is Lady-o Gaga: Popular Culture 2.0
      1. Abstract:
      2. Music
      3. Gender and fashion
      4. Fandom
    3. Chapter 16: Copyright and couture: the Comme il Faut experience
      1. Abstract:
      2. Intellectual property: copyrighting couture
      3. Online retailers and the long tail of e-commerce
      4. Fashion and failure
      5. Comme il Faut couture
    4. Chapter 17: When community becomes a commodity
      1. Abstract:
      2. Digital identity
      3. Online communities
      4. Google
      5. Facebook
      6. Online dating
      7. Online games
      8. Cultivating digital identity and harvesting digital community
  13. Conclusion: white men rule?
  14. References
  15. Index