digital communities

Interesting point to focus on: for the second time ars electronica 2005 will have a section on ‘Digital Communities’. According to the enclosed statement of Howard Rheingold the skill to form digital communities and impact they have can not be reduced to a simple and one sided focus of the technical:

Building community in cyberspace is not possible through the use of digital technology and Social Software alone ? social skills, human relationships, and sustained discourse is required. Most of all, Digital Communities are simply the latest example of the human capacity to invent new technologies of cooperation, and our continuing enthusiasm for new forms of social relationship. (link)

… via apophenia comes another comment on one of these new forms: blogging as covered by daily show

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