By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Online Communities: Design, Theory, and Practice
This editorial introduces a special thematic section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and is worthy of a read in its own right (the remainder of the articles are available here - no RSS (*sigh*)). In about nine paragraphs the authors provide a nice history of the concept of online community, drawing into the discussion strands of thought from sociology, psychology and anthropology. More...