Virtual Sociability: From Community To Communitas

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How do virtual communities come together? What makes them strong? What social theories can be used for explaining them? What rules and policies can be used to make virtual communities last?

The book is the product of the Online Interaction Seminar, Purdue University. It includes 2d codes, which facilitate connecting the print version of the book to online resources. More

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About Sorin Adam Matei

Dr. Matei is known for applying, from a cross-analytical perspective, traditional statistical, GIS, and spatial methodologies to the study of information technology and social integration. He has conducted a number of studies on the social and cognitive impact of location aware systems deployed in real or virtual environments. (Location aware systems take into account the geographic or social context of the user when delivering information.) His current research is particularly focused on the role of spatial indexing on learning in location aware situations and on the role of physical affordances in structuring location aware communication experiences. The experimental work he conducted at Purdue University’s Envision lab indicates that there are some benefits for information acquisition in location aware situations.
In addition, he has conducted large-scale multidisciplinary surveys of communication technology use in local communities both in the United States and in Europe. His research was funded by the National Science Foundation, Motorola, Kettering Foundation, University of Kentucky, and Purdue University and was recognized by various professional organizations with paper and research awards. His teaching portfolio includes research methods, multimedia design, usability, online interaction and online community development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort ( Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist and is still actively involved with a number of media projects, such as his research blog (, online magazines (, and his columns and essays published in in Esquire Magazine and Foreign Policy Romania.

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Review by: K Kishmot on May 11, 2011 :
This is a first blush review to give momentum to a highly interesting collection of papers from a number of perspectives concerning social networks, blogging and online communities. Aquinas was one of the first thinkers to adapt Aristotle's idea of civitas to examine the city as a place where humans can come together to do good things, beneficial to all and to the cultivation of virtue. What does the virtual civitas hold for us?

Marketeers, anthropologists, sociologists and and those paying attention to the future-in-the-present that is the social world wide web will find this a useful work.

"The book is, however, more than a one-way
information pipeline. You are invited to join and
participate in the online community that is
connected to the book," to quote one of the editors, Sorin Adam

This 'ubibook' is intended to reflect its subject-matter and invites collaboration, it wants to expand and multiplicate as well as multiply. It is truly an interesting question: Book where goest thou as information bursts out from every direction? I give three stars for now until I have more fully digested the work.
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