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Virtual togetherness: an everyday-life perspective

TitleVirtual togetherness: an everyday-life perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBakardjieva, M
JournalMedia, Culture & Society
Start Page291
KeywordsContemporary Religious Community, New Media and Society, new media engagement, New Technology and Society, online communication, Online community, religion, Religion and the Internet, religious engagement, Sociology of religion, users’ participation

The objective of this article is to explore some dimensions of the concept
of virtual community, which relates to empowering possibilities in the
appropriation of the Internet by domestic users. I contend that users’
participation in what have been called ‘virtual communities’ (Rheingold,
1993) over the Internet constitutes a cultural trend of ‘immobile socialization’, or in other words, socialization of private experience through the
invention of new forms of intersubjectivity and social organization online.