[Air-L] altruism, giving to the crowd

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Tue Feb 2 15:02:48 PST 2010

Concur with denise about reputation building as a motivator for
contributing, but not the whole story:

-- giving to the collective whole: many of us have worked to build AoIR,
for example.
Wikipedia another great example

-- desire to set the record straight. Every time I see some pundit say
that social isolation is increasing, grrrrr

I'm sure there are other things too.
 Barry Wellman

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