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Subject: Re: Definition of community
From: Gilad Ravid <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 21 Sep 2006 14:55:46 -0700
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Hi,

A) De-lurking processes

Rafaeli, S., Ravid, G., & Soroka, V. (2004). De-Lurking In Virtual
Communities: A Social Communication Network Approach to Measuring
the Effects of Social Capital. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Hawaii
International Conference on System Sciences,Big Island,
Hawaii.
http://csdl2.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2004/2056/07/205670203.
pdf

We looked on the de-lurking processes, the transition from lurker to
poster.

B) Regard community definition:

Jones (1997) Argue that 

"Just as sociologists were not clear about the meaning of the term
community in the decades prior to the advent of group-CMC, it is
clear that not all definitions excluded the possibility of communities
based on CMC. The current state of affairs is no better:as
Penguin's Dictionary of Sociology notes, "The term community is one of
the most elusive and vague in sociology and is by now largely
without specific meaning"."

Jones, Q. (1997) Virtual-Communities, Virtual Settlements &
Cyber-Archaeology:
A Theoretical Outline. JCMC 3(3)

http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol3/issue3/jones.html#Sociology%20&%20virtual%2
0community

Gilad

Gilad Ravid, PhD

USC Annenberg Center for Communication

Tel: (213)-239-4251

http://www.ravid.org/gilad




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Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 7:24 AM
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Subject: Re: [SOCNET] Definition of community

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Has anyone studied "lurkers" in communities or networks?  I am reminded
of Erving Goffman's famous front stage/back stage metaphors.  What role
do lurkers perform?  Are they actors?  Is there an audience effect to
discourse on listservs?  

We "publish" to literally (at least etymologically) to make things
public.  Of course that is no long the primary purpose of publishing--it
has lost the ends for the means.  We publish now to build careers.  But
listservs are different.  Their immediacy gives an unknown actor--the
lurker--strange powers.  What are they?  What can be known about
lurkers?

I see a sort of capacitance issue again.  Someone builds up (or doesn't
a charge) and then discharges iff certain events occur.  Discourse must
press certainly ontological boundary objects for these discharges to
surface.  Or perhaps those happen in people's lives.  Assassins strike
when officials are having highly visible portions of their career.  In
short, boundary stresses provoke "lurkers" whether they are constructive
or destructive.  

Much is written on democratic participation.  Do they know anything
about lurkers in that part of the discourse universe?  What about
lurkers in markets in business?  What role do they have?  There must be
some sort of information theory of this.

Ryan Lanham

>long time lurker but first time poster to this "community"  ;-)
>
>Samer Faraj

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