Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0

Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0

After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets

1st Edition - April 25, 2012

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  • Editor: Tara Brabazon
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346951
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633022

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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

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



    Chapter 8: Taste is the enemy of creativity: disability, YouTube and a new language


    Disability is a social construction

    Lessons from Picasso

    Digital disability

    Part 3: Professions, Production, Consumptions

    Chapter 9: The sound of a librarian: the politics and potential of podcasting in difficult times


    iPod studies

    Why should librarians use podcasts?

    Questions of quality

    Chapter 10: The invisible (wo)man


    Introducing Nazlin


    Chapter 11: The impact of the video-equipped DSLR


    The video DSLR

    The future

    Chapter 12: Why media literacy is transformative of the Irish education system: a statement in advocacy


    New literacies

    Managing disadvantage

    Multiliteracy for an Information Age

    Chapter 13: YouTube Academy


    Doing ‘everything’ with YouTube

    Broadcasting academics

    Part 4: Fandom, Consumption and Community

    Chapter 14: Live fast, die young, become immortal



    Mediated grief

    Living digital death

    Chapter 15: All we hear is Lady-o Gaga: Popular Culture 2.0



    Gender and fashion


    Chapter 16: Copyright and couture: the Comme il Faut experience


    Intellectual property: copyrighting couture

    Online retailers and the long tail of e-commerce

    Fashion and failure

    Comme il Faut couture

    Chapter 17: When community becomes a commodity


    Digital identity

    Online communities



    Online dating

    Online games

    Cultivating digital identity and harvesting digital community

    Conclusion: white men rule?



Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: April 25, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346951
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633022

About the Editor

Tara Brabazon

Tara Brabazon, University of Brighton, UK

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University of Brighton, UK

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