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Message in a Bottle: How the Internet Has Fashioned the Ecology of Friendship

Virtual Communities and Digital Neighborhoods In the digital age, anyone who has access to the Internet is capable of sharing. Because of the convergence of the computer, mobile phone, and the Internet, these devices have become a prominent form of daily communication. Sharing a story online that reaches a person thousands of miles away is … Continue reading

The Inner Workings of the Homestuck Community

(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia) Homestuck is just one of author and illustrator Andrew Hussie’s interactive webcomics published on his website MS Paint Adventures (MSPA). The webcomic has generated a remarkably strong community of followers, called “Homestuckers,” who communicate both through blogs and online forums such as those on MSPA and Tumblr as well as through … Continue reading

How to Witness Travel Without Leaving Home

How to Witness Travel Without Leaving Home: Option 1  A simple search of the word “travel” and Google displays this definition: to make a journey, typically of some length or abroad. If I wanted to visit California, I would have to find a means to physically transport myself from New York to Los Angeles to … Continue reading

Kick Start to the Next Level

The definition of economy is “the management of the resources of a community, country, etc., especially with a view to its productivity.” This definition can be applied to how, through the internet, people are sharing talents and ideas in an organized way while keeping productivity in mind. Crowdfunding is a way to do just that. … Continue reading

A Literal Economy: Collaboration Produces New Currency

In his Philosophize This podcast, Stephen West stresses that there is something essentially innate in human beings that make them crave social interaction. Luckily, our digital world enables not only connectivity, but networked sharing and collaboration, which is fundamental to the human experience. Our new digital tools have increased the possibilities for engaging not only … Continue reading

“Fame” on YouTube

According to its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/youtube/info?tab=page_info) , YouTube defines itself as “a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire other across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.” The online interactions between users of YouTube are different than interactions on many other online forums … Continue reading

Profile Trolling on Instagram

Itslavishbitch—But is it really lavish? Profile Trolling on Instagram By Alexis Leshner Itslavishbitch: The man? The myth? The legend? Whether it is all three descriptions or none at all, it cannot be confirmed. The user behind the account named, itslavishbitch, has introduced a new phenomena that can be seen as Trolling 2.0 or profile trolling. … Continue reading