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Communities and Web 2.0

Instagram encourages new communities and allows localised communities to extend beyond the constraints of time and space

The rise of Web 2.0 and the phenomenon of social media has enabled new and local communities to thrive and stay connected through the presence of the internet. In the twenty-first century we are able to ‘share’ more than ever, and through the capabilities of Web 2.0, internet users have become both consumers and producers in our digital age. Technology is further embedded into our lives everyday and we rely on it heavily to maintain our relationships online (Hampton & Wellman, 2018). Web Read more [...]
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Identity in Communities and Networks Social Networks

TEENS IN SOCIAL NETWORKING SPACES AND WHAT COMMUNITY MEANS.

This paper considers teens' identity in online spaces as they transition to adulthood. Identity exploration plays a critical role for teens at this stage and is played out through the interaction with their peers and peer groups in communal spaces which are now predominantly online. The focus is to consider why teens make use of social networking sites to negotiate or perform their identity and what is it about these spaces that make it attractive. The argument this paper makes is that negotiation Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0

Toxic Behaviours and Interactions of Stan Twitter

ABSTRACT Twitter is a popular platform for celebrity-fan interaction as well as fan-fan interactions. Because there are lots of fandoms on Twitter, fans from different fandoms decided to make a community for themselves called Stan twitter. Twitter has given many Stan Twitter the place where they can interact with other fans and celebrities as well as a place to have a community. However, this facilitation has encouraged Stan Twitter to develop toxic behaviours and interactions. Fans might start Read more [...]
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Communities and Online Gaming

Online games provide a safe space for individuals with social anxiety.

Abstract This conference paper will discuss how online games has formed a new type of community, and how it can be beneficial to individual who is socially challenge in places such as schools, playground and home. Online games allow them to be part of a comminute that has a common interest and because how the individual is able to disguise themselves behind an avatar and be a completely different person, it gives them  a sense of belonging and confidence, this allows them to slowly Read more [...]