Sunday, May 23, 2010
Anonymity and Community
As I started to explore in my last post, I'm looking into the Mormon "bloggernacle" and moving away from Raymond's "Cathedral and the Bazaar" because cathedrals aren't usually "carefully crafted by individual wizards or small bands of mages working in splendid isolation." In reality, and especially in context of the story "Cathedral" they are community efforts. As Dr. Burton said in a reply to my last post, "the building of a religious edifice as an act of community (and community building) is well established." I found a quote today in Reading Raymond Carver by Randolf Runyon that goes well with this idea: "In a question and answer session at the University of Akron in 1982 Carver said that in his view to build a cathedral was to engage in a collaborative endeavor" (185). The bloggernacle is definitely this type of endeavor. What's more, Runyon later quotes Carver as saying "You don't know who built those cathedrals, but they're there" (185). I think this relates to the anonymity of the the bloggernacle. Just as Robert can connect with the narrator even though he can't see him, I assume that contributors to the bloggernacle rarely see each other face to face, and yet they build a community. How does the anonymity of the web affect the relationships that are formed there?