Author: Ian Goodwin (School of Communication Studies Auckland University of Technology)
In the past 10 years, alongside the swift expansion of the Internet, scholarly attention to virtual community has grown rapidly. The analysis of virtual social relations has emerged as a clear, key theme in the study of new media. For the foreseeable future at least, studies of virtual community are set to play their part in informing our wider understanding of technological and social change. As such, conducting a retrospective review of Rheingold’s (1993) seminal text The Virtual Community is a timely exercise. No figure has loomed as large, or as controversially, over the study of virtual community as Howard Rheingold. The Virtual Community remains one of the most commonly discussed texts on the subject, and as such remains required reading for anyone interested in online sociability.
How to Cite: Goodwin, I. (2017) “Book Review: H. Rheingold. 1993. The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-60870-7 H. Rheingold. 2000. The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (2nd Edition). C”, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.206