The Conversation: How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

The Conversation: How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures. “For those who value feeling as if going online is a physical meeting point, easy and fleeting connectivity can be perceived as a bad thing, trading convenience for commitment. BME’s community was built up through sustained and regular participation. It’s the difference between grabbing a Dunkin Donuts coffee on the way to work and being a regular at a neighborhood bar. Becoming part of a community involves hanging out, messing around and committing to local rules for participation.”

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