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Communities and Online Gaming

World of Warcraft: Communities, Networks and the in-between.

Community is a very ubiquitous concept that many interact with on a day to day basis, however many fail to fully understand it. Many confuse community with the similar idea of a network because of how these two ideas interact with one another. There are many places to see communities and networks interact but non is more apparent than online video games such as World of Warcraft. Online games are a very complex media and often demand a lot from their players in order for them to achieve success. World Read more [...]
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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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Communities and Online Gaming

World of Warcraft: The spectrum Between Networks and Communities

Community is a very ubiquitous concept that many interact with on a day to day basis, however many fail to fully understand it. Many confuse community with the similar idea of a network because of how these two ideas interact with one another. There are many places to see communities and networks interact but non is more apparent than online video games such as World of Warcraft. Online games are a very complex media and often demand a lot from their players in order for them to achieve success. Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0 Social Networks

Social Network Sites Support Connections And Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The public have turned to social network sites to connect, communicate and interact to replace traditional face-to-face communication. This paper will examine why social network sites have become essential for supporting connections and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more [...]
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Communities and Web 2.0

NSFW vs Tumblr: The flagging of a whole community

ABSTRACT The NSFW (Not Safe for Work) hashtag has long been labelled pornographic on various social media sites leading to their ban. One social media network, Tumblr, however previously provided a safe platform for such a community to exist due to its platform’s ability to be inclusive of all. Providing the members of this the community of the NSFW hashtag with a way to self-discover, share, and compliment one another. The site allowed this information to flow with positive reinforcement and Read more [...]