Comunication and Virtual Communities: The Ethics and Constraints of Communication in Virtual Communities

By Rodrigo Britez.

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Today, the reference to ‘new learning’, as in all other previous educational contexts of learning is linked with the formation of communities and community settings designed as such. Each community setting provided not merely forms of informal, semi-formal or formal education but specific values inherent to an ethic of social production and distribution of information. The purpose of this paper is to question some constraints of communication characteristics of communities organized and operated through informational networks. The basic assumption of this paper is that technologies of information provide ‘affordances’ for the organization of those communities as informational networks. In those instances, network organization not only provides advantages for the production and distribution of knowledge but also a number constraints for communication. Concomitantly, I will argue that the potentials of communication, thus learning, in communities organized as networks is linked with the development of a set of ethical practices of communication impelling collective action, as well as individual self interest.

Keywords: Communities, Virtual Communities, Networks, Technology, Affordances

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp.97-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 502.619KB).

Rodrigo Britez

Urbana, Illinois, USA


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