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Virtual Worlds Resources
- February 4, 1996:
- Is Howard Rheingold a utopian cult leader, closely allied with both the publishers of Wired and right-wing militias? New to the Critiques section of this list, Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron make such a case in The California Ideology.
- The best news I've had since the Communications Decency Act passed Congress, that pack of scurrilous know-nothings, was the reminder by Marc Demarest is that this has all happened before, with the ultimately doomed effort to control and suppress the effects of the printing press. Highly recommended. Email this URL to your friends.
- A list of more than 100 peer-reviewed journals in science, technology, and medicine and scenarios regarding the future of online journals. As long as the scientists don't say naughty words or discuss abortion.
- "Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet" by Michael Hauben and Ronda Hauben centers on the biggest virtual community in the world.
- Community-building in meatspace: The Public Involvement Network furnishes practical information about public involvement.
- Cyberwar, God And Television is an interview with Paul Virilio by Louise Wilson for CTHEORY.
- December 1, 1995:
- Two theses by the ever-knowledgeable
Elizabeth Reid (Electropolis: Communication and Community on Internet
Relay Chat, and Cultural Formations in Text-Based Virtual Realities) and
- A Masters
thesis on a societal model of Usenet
- From Florida Atlanta University, a "comprehsive list of
communication, anthropology, and cyberculture resources on the Web"
- November 28, 1995:
- Webconferencing finally works. With Motet, the Web finally becomes a
sociable medium. The software is available at Utne Reader's Utne Cafe and any day now at the San
Francisco Examiner and Chronicle's The
- Another attempt at creating a community of interest is Salon, a new commercial webzine started
by a group of former editors at the San Francisco Examiner who are trying
to create a high-culture community of discussion. Disclaimer: I write a
column for Salon, called Mr. Rheingold's Neighborhood.
- Brainstorms reader Markus Schlegel of Oslo, writes: "I have compiled a
moderate list of Virtual
Communities online sources that lists some non-classical (i.e.
- On the political implications of many-to-many media, check out Thomas Jefferson and
the Electronic commons
- EINet Galaxy has a rich collection of resources on networking and communication, including a long list of links to
- The WELLgopher archives
several excellent resources in its Community directory.
Communication Magazine is worth checking out monthly.
- The Journal
of Computer-Mediated Communication is more academic, also worth
checking out regularly
The Communications Archive @ Sunsite has a great collection of papers
about computer mediated communications.
- Donna L. Hoffman and Thomas P. Novak, web-surfing marketing theorists
at Vanderbilt University, have written a number of informative papers that
show why marketing on the
Web is not your father's BBD&O.
- CMC Study
Center Resources list has other goodies.
- Glocom, the Tokyo-based Center
for Global Communications, is always good for an international perspective
on networks, international affairs, and virtual communities.
- Here is an excellent collection of resources regarding ethics and law on the electronic
- A jumping off point for MUD Resources
- Check out the Center for
the Study of Online Community, where sociologist Marc Smith has some
key papers and syllabi.
- This University of Pennsylvania course in Social Implications of
Information Technology has lots of pointers to social psychology, media
criticism, political implications.
- This site has many resources relating to MOOs and Stuff including
direct connections to various MOOs.
- David Wooley maintains a collection of Web-based
- The Victoria B.C. Freenet maintains a Gateway to Freenets
and Community Networks via World-wide Web.
- Elizabeth Reid's Electropolis: Communication and Community on Internet Relay Chat> is a must-read
for any student of virtual communities.
- Amy Bruckman is another must-read scholar of virtual communities. Here
is a stash of Amy Bruckman's
writing on virtual communities. Don't miss her paper on Identity
- Tony Rutkowski (Director of the Internet Society) made a keynote speech about the
present and future of the Net that's also a must-read.
- Ann Beamis' Master's thesis (City Planning, MIT, February 1995) is the
first scholarly investigation of Communities
On-line: Community-Based Computer Networks
Paper on VC, MUDs, IRC etc. from the Communications Archive @ Sunsite
Howard Rheingold's Virtual Communities text from 1992, via WELLgopher.
- A proposed national strategy regarding Civic Networking.
- The Benton Foundation looks at telecommunications policy from a public
interest perspective in What's going on with
the National Information Infrastructure
- Computer networks are only the tool. Community is the task. Can we use
these communication tools to help revitalize our real-life communities? The
Project has published its report, Communications as Engagement: a
Communications Strategy for
Revitalization including a list of 235 projects that have
established themselves as effective community-building initiatives.
- Vannevar Bush wrote his prescient A
s We May Think way back in 1945. Still worth a reading.
- Gender Issues in Computer Networking, by Leslie Regan Shade
- Elizabeth Lane Lawley has written a paper about The Sociology of Culture
in Computer-Mediated Communication from the point of view of
sociologist Pierre Bourdieu.
- This piece by Brenda Danet of the Hebrew University, on Smoking Dope at A Virtual Party: Writing, Play, and Performance on
Internet Relay Chat will be published in Network and Netplay:
Virtual Groups on the Internet, MIT Press, in press.
- A paper about Collaborative
Hypermedia Servers and Webbed MOO (WOO) Transaction Protocol (WTP)
- The Sci.Virtual-
Worlds Meta-FAQ is the place to start if you just got interested in VR
and want to know a whole lot more.
- The WELL, Rheingoldian home turf, hotbed
of gnarly individualism
- The River, a virtual community
owned and governed by the users.
- FreeNets Home
Page leads to lots of resources for community networkers
- Blacksburg Electronic
Village, a state-of-the-art community network.
- TWICS, a virtual community in Tokyo
- COARA, a virtual
community in Oita, Japan -- far from Tokyo; less bicultural than TWICS;
I've visited them four times IRL. COARA members are starting to put up
lots of cool web pages.
OTIS - an online caldron of creativity
Lounge is one of the weirdest, wackiest, art-troupes in cyberspace,
part of The San Francisco
Telecircus [Scroll down a ways and you'll come across Mamie "Minispoon"
- Click your way into a whole nuther world, ChibaMOO
- Vincent's Hollow, a
"text-based virtual reality" (MUD-like place).
- CTD MOO is a virtual
community for the Center for Talent Development.
- Ubique is a commercial outfit that
creates tools to add human presence to the Web.
- Mix your real reality and your virtual community: A global guide to Cyber Cafes.
- TurnPike Metropolis
will publish, at no charge, up to one megabyte of your non-commercial Web
- The Spring is a young virtual
community flesh-based in Austin, Texas.
- Station Rose, my zany
Austrian artist friends, are online from Frankfurt, via the WELL in
Virtual Reality Archive Home-page
- A succinct but juicy list of VR-related
- The Human Interface
Technology Lab is the home of Tom Furness' crusade to scan images
directly on the retina, and a dozen other VR projects in medicine,
- Presence is MIT's distinguished VR journal, available via
The VR page by Chris Hand is a great jumping-off place for VR websurfers.
- NASA's Virtual
- Carl Loeffler's Distributed
- Triangle VR Group from
North Carolina's Research Triangle Region.
- Georgia Institute of Technology's Graphic
s Visualization and Usability Center has worlds o' stuff related to
virtual environments, VR applications from surgical simulation to the
phobia project, human factors in VR research.
- The University of Washington's virtual
worlds ftp site is another goldmine if you are looking for VR papers,
postings, books, faqs, discussions.
- If you ever let the words "electronic democracy" leave your lips, you
owe it to yourself to read Utopian
Promises - Net Realities.
- Are virtual communities helping destroy real community? Don't make up
your mind until you read Virtual
Communities: Abort, Retry, Failure?
- Howard Rheingold, Utopian Cult Leader? The California Ideology hits some good targets, and makes some wildly inaccurate analyses. Worth reading. Salt according to taste.
- Does the decentralized, ubiquitous nature of many-to-many communications make the Internet a perfect medium for disinformation? Luciano Floridi e-mailed me his examination of this question, and granted permission to post it here. Worth reading. It will leave you wondering where it's leading, which is a good thing to wonder these days.
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