[Air-l] internet community breakups

Caroline Haythornthwaite haythorn at uiuc.edu
Tue Jan 23 05:28:40 PST 2007

Amy Bruckman has addressed the dissolution of a virtual community, see:

Bruckman, A. & Jensen, C. (2002). The mystery of the death of Mediamoo: Seven 
years of evolution of an online community In K. A. Renninger & W. Shumar, 
Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace (pp. 21-33). 
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Michelle Kazmer addresses a slightly aspect -- is the process of leaving -- 
'disengaging' -- from virtual communities.

Kazmer, M. M. (in press). Beyond C U L8R: Disengaging from online social 
worlds. New Media and Society. 

Haythornthwaite, C., Kazmer, M. M., Robins, J. & Shoemaker, S. (2000). 
Community development among distance learners: Temporal and technological 
dimensions. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 6(1). http://www. 
ascusc. org/jcmc/vol6/issue1/haythornthwaite. html


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:13:28 -0600
>From: "Ellie Wix" <elliewix at gmail.com>  
>Subject: [Air-l] internet community breakups  
>To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>I'm doing an independent study this semester on the breakup of Internet
>communities, which I've called (for the project) Internet community
>dissolution.  I've been able to find plenty of articles on Internet
>communities and relationships, etc, but I haven't seen any on this topic.
>How is this topic generally phrased in the lit?  I came up with absolutely
>no results when I tried searching for it in various forms in my library's
>(pathetic) database.  Can anyone point me in the direction of where to look
>or specific articles on this?
>Also, while I'm here, are there any articles out there that address the
>definition and types of internet communities?  I could list them all out
>from my personal experiences, but I'd like to have something published to
>back up what I say.
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Caroline Haythornthwaite
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel St., Champaign IL 61820

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