Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0

1st Edition

After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets

Editors: Tara Brabazon
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346951
eBook ISBN: 9781780633022
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 25th April 2012
Page Count: 320
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Table of Contents

List of tables and boxes

List of abbreviations

About the contributors

Introduction: new imaginings

Part 1: Communities, Exiles and Resistance

Chapter 1: The inevitable exile: a missing link in online community discourse


Place is the thing

Panoptical temptation

Reincarnation as networked norm

Forgiveness not permission

Culture jammer or parasite?

I’ve got you under my skin

Permaban and punish

Legibility and responsibility

Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right94

Chapter 2: Call it hyper activism: politicising the online Arab public sphere and the quest for authenticity and relevance


From blogging to YouTube: politicising the internet

From call-in programs to online comments: participatory culture

Chapter 3: What’s in a name? Digital resources and resistance at the global periphery


Resistance and the nation state

Tuvalu and .tv

.md: who represents Moldova?

What’s in a domain (name)?

Cautions and conflicts: .tp and Timorese independence

Chapter 4: I have seen the future, and it rings


Mobile phones and social change

Day-to-day use of mobile phones


Part 2: Structures for Sharing

Chapter 5: Strangers in the swarm


The history of file sharing

Bit Torrent

Identities in the swarm

The future

Chapter 6: Status (update) anxiety: social networking, Facebook and community


It’s all about me

Watching the self (being watched)

Chapter 7: Becoming Mireila: a virtual ethnography through the eyes of an avatar



Stripping Mireila





Digital Dialogue and Community 2.0: After avatars, trolls and puppets explores the communities that use digital platforms, portals, and applications from daily life to build relationships beyond geographical locality and family links. The book provides detailed analyses of how technology realigns the boundaries between connection, consciousness and community. This book reveals that alongside every engaged, nurturing and supportive group are those who are excluded, marginalised, ridiculed, or forgotten. It explores the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication. Following an introduction from the Editor, the book is then divided into four sections exploring communities and resistance, structures of sharing, professional communication and fandom and consumption. Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0 combines ethnographic methods and professional expertise to open new spaces for thinking about language, identity, and social connections.

Key Features

  • Provides innovative interdisciplinary research, incorporating Library and Information Management, Internet Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Disability Studies and Community Management
  • Offers a balanced approach between the ‘bottom up’ and ‘top down’ development of online communities
  • Demonstrates the consequences on the configuration of a community when consumers become producers and their lives and experiences are commodified


Teachers at all levels, and students in various disciplines, including (but not limited to), Internet, Media and Communication Studies


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If there is a department teaching or researching social media at your higher education institution you should get this book in your possession., Information Research
…individual chapters may be of interest to media or information studies scholars and students., Online Information Review

About the Editors

Tara Brabazon Editor

Tara Brabazon, University of Brighton, UK

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Brighton, UK