I was trawling through some of my old uni essays and stumbled upon something I wrote about the blogging community being an example of a ‘virtual community’ and how this was a legitimate form of community. It looks like it was for a Technology and Society subject.
What struck me as I read through the text, apart from the large number of typos, poor referencing and ikky grammar errors, was just how much the mechanisms for developing online communities had changed since I wrote it in mid 2003. I mean, this was before MySpace, when LiveJournal was the ‘in’ thing (although it was never as ‘in’ as MySpace).
So I have decided to post my essay here
for posterity, seeing as it is already rather out of date. I should warn you however that this is rather a long and dull piece, which abounds with interesting moments of impressively poor grammar. The only way of consoling myself to this fact is the memory that I did most of the readings in the bath and wrote the assignment the night before it was due. That, and how I somehow managed to score what can only be termed an obscenely high mark, in light of the rather appalling lack of effort that went into its production.
Today’s Capricornian Horoscope – courtesy of my ridiculous desktop calender:
A significant alteration to your program has been under consideration for ages. Although the gulf between words and deeds has yet to be spanned, Venus and chief Saturn are building a suspension bridge.