What is it that makes an online community work? After thirty years of experimentation, we ought to know. But to judge by the results we don’t. What we seem to have made online is antisocial networking. Is this because our notions of community have been taken over and redefined by the corporate online powers who think the word means “markets”. Or is it original sin? Andrew Brown opens the debate with contributions from blogger and priest Karen Ward and Simon Jenkins, editor of Ship of Fools.
Andrew Brown, editor of the Guardian’s Comment is Free Belief section.