Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Bloggernacle: Forming Digital Communities

This is the third in a series of posts presenting my conclusions about the connections between Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" and the Mormon blogosphere, known as the "Bloggernacle." This series of posts will evolve and expand over the coming days and weeks as I continue to present my conclusions and alter them based on your comments and suggestions.

Questions I'll explore in this post:

What is a community?
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, community is "a unified body of individuals: . . . the people with common interests . . . in a particular area; broadly : the area itself . . . an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location . . . a body of persons of common . . . interests scattered through a larger society."
Wikipedia also adds "Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations, as people can now virtually gather in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location."

Is the Bloggernacle a community?
In a comment on my post "E-mail to the Mormon Archipelago," Steve Evans, a blogger for By Common Consent, stated "As for how the Bloggernacle creates a sense of community, I think first you need to make the case that it does, in fact, create a sense of community."

My research has led me to the conclusion that, despite certain limitations, the Bloggernacle is a community according to the broad definition of a community as a place where a variety of individuals with common interests interact. Furthermore, the Bloggernacle facilitates the creation of the more narrow definition of community, a unified body of people.

How are these communities formed?

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