All's WELL That Ends: The Origins and Future of Online Community
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet, in Honolulu, Hawaii Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This presentation is focused on the connections between online community and commerce/economics, particularly
the rhetoric of community as it has been taken up by those in e-commerce endeavors. It makes the case that the most
influential symbol for online community, the WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link) should be examined in light of
sociocultural trends apart from Internet-related ones, most importantly those that began to shape the social mores of
the Baby Boom generation in the late 1960s. Of particular importance is the borrowing of language and ideas from
Sixties literature and song in subsequent structuring of community discourse. Examining the rhetoric of online
community in this context will add a missing link to ongoing debates about the construction of online community.
The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the consequences of telepresence and immersive technologies
for online community.
Jones, S. (1999). All's WELL That Ends: The Origins and Future of Online Community. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 1999 (p. 8). Honolulu, Hawaii: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 16, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/7112/.
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