Friday, September 18, 2015

How Online Communities Begin. And How They End.

Good communities are almost always taken over by bad. (Photograph from our personal archives)
This following quote from podcast host Leo Laporte in This Week In Tech gives a brief 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) in a conversation about the inevitable effect of trolls on This Week In Tech, September 28, 2014.