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Communities and Web 2.0

Reality television fandom on social media: A community of Web 2.0

Abstract This paper discusses the communities formed around reality television and their foundations on social networking sites. Reflecting the participatory nature of Web 2.0 and technological convergence, these fan run forums have changed the power balance between consumers and producers. Despite the many social, economic and marketing benefits these platforms provide to the viewers, contestants and broadcasters of reality television, the ease of access to 'stars' and feelings of intimacy reveal Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0

The role of Web 2.0 in the rise of online hate groups such as incels

ABSTRACT-  Since the emergence of Web 2.0, online hate communities have littered the internet.  Community members congregate on platforms that lack regulations and allow them to be anonymous. They spread hateful messages and evade censorship by exploiting the inconsistencies in web governance.  One particularly toxic group to emerge out of Web 2.0 is incels.  The misogynistic online subculture is united in their belief that women are obliged to give them sex but deny them this Read more [...]