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The Virtual Community by Howard Rheingold is an exploration of early forms of virtual- or cyber-interaction, documenting not only the forms and forums of "life" online, but the characteristics that make virtual communities unique, unusual as well as those that reflect basic human patters of interaction.


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Virtual communities are social aggregations that emerge from the Net when enough people carry on those public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace.
Cyberspace, originally a term from William Gibson's science-fiction novel Neuromancer, is the name some people use for the conceptual space where words, human relationships, data, wealth, and power are manifested by people using CMC technology.


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