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Author Bainbridge, William Sims, author
Title The social structure of online communities / William Sims Bainbridge
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  HM742 .B35 2020    AVAILABLE    30520020889284
 人文社會聯圖  HM742 .B35 2020    AVAILABLE    30610020629358
Descript xi, 329 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Structural analysis in the social sciences ; 48
Structural analysis in the social sciences ; 48
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-319) and index
"With great potential benefit and possible harm, online social media platforms are transforming human society. Based on decades of deep exploration, distinguished scholar William Sims Bainbridge surveys our complex virtual society, harvesting insights about the future of our real world. Many pilot studies demonstrate valuable research methods and explanatory theories. Tracing membership interlocks between Facebook groups can chart the structure of a social movement, like the one devoted to future spaceflight development. Statistical data on the roles played by people in massively multiplayer online games illustrate the Silicon Law: information technology energizes both freedom and control, in a dynamic balance. The significance of open-source software suggests the traditional distinction between professional and amateur may fade, whereas web-based conflicts between religious and political groups imply that chasms are opening in civil society. This analysis of online space and the divergent communities is long overdue"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Online social networks -- Social aspects
Information technology -- Social aspects
Computer networks -- Social aspects
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