Online community

May 22, 2009 0 comments

I am pondering the idea of online community. Can you really have community online? There are ways to connect with way more people than their used to be through all of the social networks, but are these real relationships? The argument I hear against these is that people are hiding behind a computer screen and can be whoever they want to be. That is true, but people can pretend to be someone they are not in other settings too.

I think the issue really is an issue of authenticity. How real and how raw does someone want to be? It is easy to post a mood on facebook (I have only done it once, but it seems easy). It is hard to pour out your heart. I have never been a writer, but it seems to be a way to communicate what is going on in my life, in my mind, and in my heart. If others want to read that and then interact over those circumstances, thoughts, and emotions that is great. Does that mean we have community?

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