Friday, December 11, 2015

How Online Communities Begin. And How They End.

Original Photograph from Archives
This following quote from host Leo Laporte gives a succinct example of how online communities begin, the role they can serve, and how they end:

The WELL was a... very early social network.  It was started by The Whole Earth catalog folks.  And it was a wonderful community.  It descended, like every Internet community does, into flame wars, baiting, and trolling...  I think it might still be around – but it's not in the same form.
- Leo Laporte (Yale), This Week In Tech. 


Also said: “Online trolling may someday be seen as the social equivalent of the casual racist jokes told in the 1960's, and 70's, and those web site owners and editors who support trolls today, the equivalent of that one person in a group who enthusiastically believed them.”
Original Photograph from Archives.