Questions – Week 6

Here they are!

  • Adam
    1. How have message boards influenced the direction of political debate?
    2. How can online communities divide a populous?
    3. What are the most important factors needed for an online community to succeed?
  • Adri
    1. How are online communities of the past (a.k.a. telegraph) different from today’s communities (i.e. Second Life, Blogs, etc.)?
    2. What are the factors that make an online community work well?
    3. How do you establish your identity online and how does it vary from technology to technology?
  • Amy
    1. What are some ways that avatars (or internet alter-egos) are dangerous on the internet today? As the internet becomes more and more visually representative of the ‘real’ world, how you think Americans are going to react to such fantasy worlds? Why do you think this is not a problem, or why do you think this could be an epidemic (such as obesity, but with an obsession with fantasy worlds)?
    2. What is your take on internet forums you observe or participate in? How are they friendly, like a stroll through your neighborhood saying a friendly hello to your neighbors, or how are they stuffy, like getting on a crowded train car in which everyone just wants to read their paper and get off the train?
    3. If you were tasked with writing a similar article such as ‘Communities in Cyberspace’, what would your top three predictions for the future of social interaction on the internet be, and why?
  • Annie
    1. In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of online communities?
    2. How can online communities impact future social revolutions?
    3. Imagine if online communities were able to impact economic change in the government. How would this be possible?
  • Bonnie
    1. How many blog visitors search for blogs on which to comment based on the lowercase “i” being attached to any word in the title of a blog post?
    2. What role does Gen Y/The Echoe Boom Generation (children of Baby Boomers) have in how we evaluate the marketability of new technology? What kind of changes will that generation’s entrance into the child-bearing years bring to the Internet and the forums we find there (in terms of structure, not topics)?
    3. How does the ever-diminishing size of each niche market affect a consumer’s ability to find what she is looking for on the Net?
    4. How should a business that depends on advertising to market itself slice and dice its advertising dollar when niche marketing is splintering the audience so effectively and surely? What does “niche advertising” look like?
  • Brian
  • Carie
    1. Why do you think people misrepresent themselves online? What do they gain from doing this?
    2. Give an example of an online community that also has an offline component. If you cannot come up with an example, why do you think the two communities exist independently?
    3. What do you do when someone in one of your online communities misbehaves? How does the community define what is unacceptable behavior? What rules or policies have been established to deal with people who do not comply with the rules and policies?
  • Chris C
    1. Why would you ever consider joining an e-community?
    2. What are your thoughts on relationships that begin in non-dating e-communities?
    3. Why do you believe members of e-communities act so different than their real life personalities?
  • Chris E
    1. If you’ve conversed with someone electronically for months or even years, would you feel apprehensive about meeting them? Why or why not?
    2. In what ways can involvement in online communities be unhealthy?
    3. What are some reasons that many prefer online interaction as opposed to “real life” interactions?
  • Corey
    1. What suggestions or inferences do Kollock and Smith discuss about online communities that are different today?
    2. How have mediation tools or processes affected online communities? What do you think the environment would be like without them?
    3. What stereotypes have you been subject to in an online community? What examples of cooperation or collective action have you participated in an online community?
  • Garrett
    1. How long have you been using Internet message boards/online communities? [closed]
    2. How many do you frequent and are they different kinds (gaming, political only, etc) or mostly the same? [closed]
    3. Would you say that many of the people you meet through online social networking translate well to real life friendships? [closed]
  • Jody
    1. What can online communities do to more effectively engage members?
    2. What aspects of online community are more appealing than our personal contact within offline communities?
    3. In what ways are online more or less positive than offline communities?
  • John
    1. Why are Internet communities perceived as destroying the fabric of real communities?
    2. How easy is it to take on the persona of another race or gender in anonymous online discussions? [closed]
    3. Why do we no longer know our neighbor’s names?
  • Katie
    1. In what ways do you interact with online communities?
    2. How have the “new” ways of interacting, IM, Phone, e-mail, message boards etc. changed how we form relationships with friends, coworkers and strangers?
    3. At this point we have read several articles on communication theory. What are your thoughts about the practical application of these theories? In other words, why apply communication theories to current events? What are the benefits and negative consequences?
  • Keiichi (NQ)
  • Kirk
  • Mark
    1. In what ways do standards based organizations like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) serve to foster online community?
    2. In what ways can language and culture contribute to the growth of an online community?
    3. How can focus upon a particular theme or topic contribute to the growth of an online community?
  • Maury
    1. If you are just a lurker are you still a member of the community, why are why not?
    2. What needs are met in an online community that can’t be met in real life?
    3. Online communities are policed by moderators, who put them in charge?
  • Michelle
  • Nate
    1. Smith and Kollock’s include MUDs as a type of online community. How does this inclusion affect the common characterization of MUDs as “entertainment?”
    2. How could virtual social networks structured around physical communities have a negative effect on widely spread rural communities?
    3. How can more sophisticated forms of virtual communities become a danger to society?
  • Sarah F
    1. Explain the benefits and drawbacks of online communities.
    2. Describe what you think is the best size for any given online discussion and reasons supporting your logic.
    3. Describe your ideal definition of netiquette in online communities.
  • Sarah L
    1. Why do we feel more comfortable communicating openly and honestly online, especially when there is very little privacy?
    2. How will blunt and brutally honest communication online affect real life communication?
    3. How can we trust strangers online? We teach children not to talk to strangers and run away if they are offered gifts or a ride in their car, so why do adults accept monetary gifts from strangers online?
  • Thaara
    1. What do you think our web world lacks in terms of interaction? Do we need more to reach the ultimate level of interactivity? Or not, and why?
    2. Does the ultimate level of online interactivity provide the ultimate effectiveness that off-line interactions provide? Explain why or why not? [closed]
    3. Nowadays, we consider some mediated interactions like using cell-phones and others are part of our off-line interactions. Do you think we will experience an overlap between the online different communities and tools and off-line ones in the future? Explain why?
  • Yen-Ching
  • Yi-Jen
    1. How to make lurkers of online communities contribute their power and opinions on the Internet?
    2. What is the key to build a successful online community?
    3. What are the reasons to make most people stick on the online communities?
  • Yu-Lan (Sharlan)
    1. What sort of online governance is possible?
    2. How to define the post maker’s gender/race online?
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