Commons or gated community? A theoretical explication of virtual community and the example of Craigslist

  • Daniel Schackman
Keywords: Online Civic Participation, Social Cohesion, Virtual Community

Abstract

An explication of theoretical concepts of community, virtual community, the commons, and gatekeeping exemplified by craigslist.org, a virtual community in which gatekeeping is revealed to have considerable salience.  Specifically explored are the following questions: Does the openness of virtual communities threaten the principles on which they are based, creating a tragedy of the virtual commons? Do restrictions on free and open access in virtual communities transform them into the cyberspace equivalent of gated communities? Is there a more balanced construct of virtual communities that can fulfill their missions as virtual commons while protecting themselves from the tragedy of the commons?

Published
2010-09-16
How to Cite
Schackman, D. (2010). Commons or gated community? A theoretical explication of virtual community and the example of Craigslist. The Journal of Community Informatics, 6(2). Retrieved from http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/457
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