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TL;DR: Howard Rheingold as mentioned in this paper reviewed the Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier, a book about the social aspects of computer networks written by a self-described "uncredentialed socio! sdent ist· end pcctici~nt in the polltl<:al protests and $0Clal upheavals of the late 1960s.
Abstract: A review of The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier, by Howard Rheingold. Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License. This review is available in Journal of Applied Communications: http://newprairiepress.org/jac/vol80/iss1/7 Tlie Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier, by Howard Rheingold. (Reading , Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1993.) 325 pp. The VlrlUl:ll Commun liy . a book about the social aspects of computer nelworks, was written by o self-described ·uncredentialed socio! sdent ist· end pcctici~nt in the polltl<:al protests and $0Clal upheavals of the late 1960s. The book 's aulhor, Howard Rheingold, c keynote spcckcr at last summer's lntemationnl ACE Conferen-cc. i.s a Son FronC'is<:o·b&sed free· lance write, , mu!li-media columnist, and editor of the \Vhoie Ean h Reutew. 11\e tone of the book is set by the author's enthusiastic belief in the potent~! of compute: networking as a tool to be used to bu!ld a better world for future generations. Rheingold hos organiz~ the book a round reviews or various types of computer networks. The first two chapters of the book ore o c4se study of a low.cost computer network in the Son Francisco Say erea cretatM by the rounders or the Whole Earth catalog. The third chapter Is an authoritative and readable hi:M;ory of the •rntemet.• Chapters four through six Introduce readers to what the author calls ·groupmind systems• in<:lud· ing Usenet. Multi•Oscr Dungeons (MOOS). ed lntemet Reloy Chet (IRC) . Chapters seven and eight review computer net · works In Jopcn, Fronce, ond England. The ninth choptcr begins wilh t1 review of successful application,s of computer networking to political organizing projects In Colorado Springs. rur-el Montana. San Francisco, and Santa Monica. The final chapter bullds on the theme of the threat of network domina. t ion by private enterprises. and provides a readable critique of new te<;hno!ogy based on the writlngs of J urgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, esnd Jean Baudrillard. As with all books cbout t imely topics. the strongen pcru of the book ore those that will endure es the world changes. The historical reviews at lhe beginning and the theoretical critiques at lhe end of 1he book wlll continue to be useful. The res.t of the book Is limited by the 1993 copyright dbtc. Newswt!ek m agazine dcclorcd 1995 the "Year of the lntemer in response to signmcant g rowth In users that oc· curred during the year and because of the emtrgence of the 44 / Jo,u.flu1t of .,..ppU¢4 Comm11nf<-11Uot1;, Vol. 80, Ho. I, 1996 1 Hindman: The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier Published by New Prairie Press, 2017 multi·medio -rl<:h World Wide Web cs the fostest growing ~gmcnt or the lntemet. The Vlrtuaf CommunUy wos published before the World Wide Web began its exponential growth. As a result, the book falls short of the author's stotcd purpose of dearly presenting tnformotJon about the state o f the ·Net· In order to help clti2:cns of democretl<: societies make wise decisions about how the "Net" ought to be governed. Although Rheingold anticipated the vase increase in use of the "Net.• he d id not onti<:ipc'lte some o f the consequences of that Increase. Universities across the country have Instituted local bans on the use of IRC's and MOO's. making the book's deteiled discussion of these types of systems generally moot for reeders who access the Internet through university accounts. In spite or these shortcomings. Rheingold provides potent and enduring critiques of the st&te of computer networking. His d iscussions of tinti-soci&I behavior associated with use of the Internet tire portlculerly relevent. Rheingold's critique of network domination by corporate gients ls al$0 relevant to recent developments In the telecom munlcatlons and e9mputer industry. Perheps owing to his roots In the San f'rencisco counterculture, the euthor is <:titi<:.111 of the commerclol model of computer networking. Recently merging corportitions tend to view the Internet as a new wby of captur· ing the ctte,Hion or audiences rather than cs o reltitively 1.1nr<-strkted public rorum to be used for politk:bl octMsm end community bettermen1. Although The Virtual Community conttiins much doted moterlol, It is clear 1hat the author is en tiuthoritative voice in the debate about the social impect of computer networks. Readers intrigued by Rheingold's penetrating analysis and engeging writing style may visit his homepage on the World Wide Web: http://www.well/com/usr/hlr/ Rheingold is tin active Web publisher who uses his home~gc to review the current stete of the Net and to provide links to meny of the sources mentioned In his book. Perheps the strongest evidence that the emergence o f the World Wide Web has betn the undoing of this book is the fact hurtud of ApPlftd Comm1,nt(-,,trons. Vot 80. f%. 1. 19'96 / 45 2 Journal of Applied Communications, Vol. 80 [1996], Iss. 1, Art. 7 http://newprairiepress.org/jac/vol80/iss1/7 DOI: 10.4148/1051-0834.1358 that the author uses his Web site to provide readers with full. text version of The Virtual Community-tree of charge. Douglas B. Hindman North Dakota State University 46 / Jo11.rna.l of Applted Communt<:41.lons,. Vol. 80, No. I, 1996 3 Hindman: The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier Published by New Prairie Press, 2017

3,044 citations

Book
01 May 1991
TL;DR: An American frontier study focusing on the fastest growing city of 19th-century America -Chicago as mentioned in this paper, shows the land as it was when inhabited by Indians and a few white settlers, and the frenzy of development of the meatpacking industry, the grain emporiums and the lumber markets which followed.
Abstract: An American frontier study, focusing on the fastest growing city of 19th-century America - Chicago. It shows the land as it was when inhabited by Indians and a few white settlers, and the frenzy of development of the meat-packing industry, the grain emporiums and the lumber markets which followed.

1,741 citations

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01 Jan 1920

1,486 citations

Book
01 Jan 1997
TL;DR: Rosenau as mentioned in this paper argues that the dynamics of economic globalization, new technologies, and evolving global norms are clashing with equally powerful localizing dynamics, rendering the boundaries between domestic and foreign affairs ever more porous and creating a political space, designated as the 'Frontier', wherein the quest for control in world politics is joined.
Abstract: In this book James Rosenau explores the enormous changes which are currently transforming world affairs. He argues that the dynamics of economic globalization, new technologies, and evolving global norms are clashing with equally powerful localizing dynamics. The resulting encounters between diverse interests and actors are rendering the boundaries between domestic and foreign affairs ever more porous and creating a political space, designated as the 'Frontier,' wherein the quest for control in world politics is joined. The author contends that it is along the Frontier, and not in the international arena, that issues are contested and the course of events configured. The book examines a number of contexts and agents through which local, national, and international affairs are woven together. Rosenau's recurring theme is the challenge of achieving governance along the turbulent domestic-foreign Frontier.

689 citations


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