Online Communities Essay

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Online Communities

A community, according to The Living Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language, is “a number of persons having common ties or interests and living in the same locality.” Apart from the local sense of community, a person can form a community with his or her co-workers, classmates or even a group of people with common interests. This unity is formed due to the subjects that link all of them together – those who work together, study together and have the same common interests. The size of these types of communities pale in comparison to the ones established online. Online communities include chat rooms, instant messenger services and discussion boards (also known as forums). What sets these forms of
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For example, if someone doesn’t “fit in” at school due to his or her taste in music or clothing, they are capable of finding other individuals who are quite similar to them online and are able to appreciate their diversity.

Online communities for music artists and television shows have become quite popular over the past few years. Currently a popular television show, The O.C. has a large online community where viewers voice their concerns over storylines, featured music and fashion trends. Fan fiction (episodes of television written by fans that are submitted to many websites) has also become extremely popular, especially towards cancelled shows such as Dark Angel and Roswell. Online communities have not only kept up interest in current favourites, but have also kept alive defunct shows. Online communities have also had an effect on world events. The latest example would be the spreading of information regarding “the secret” U2 free concert in New York City which took place on Monday, November 22, 2004, a day before the Irish band would release their latest album, “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.” Thanks to forums such as U2-Interference, fans all over the world found out about the supposed free show, where over a thousand fans emerged. (online: The New York Times <http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/23/nyregion/23 band.htm>). Thanks to an online U2 community like “Interference.com”, many fans not located in the New York area were able to find

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