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Applying CMC Theoreis to Assess Virtual Community
Unformatted Document Text:  CMC Theories and Virtual Community 16 Therefore, in this sense, online community can reach critical mass faster and thus foster norms of generalized reciprocity faster than real-life community. One research on the Internet use by HIV-positive individuals (Reeves, 2000) is a good example to demonstrate how online community can foster norms of generalized reciprocity and can reach critical mass in a rather quick manner. Reeves (2000) reports that the Internet use facilitates the notion of ‘helping others.’ They got involved with HVI-related online communities as help seekers for information and supports (emotional or social), and then, they turned into help lenders. All ten participants of his qualitative study volunteer their time to HIV-related causes and report that helping others give them “sense of doing something useful and important (p. 56). This research finding shows clearly how online community fosters norms of generalized reciprocity and how fast critical mass is reached through computer networks. Homogeneity in interests and needs among online community members which fosters relatively high levels of empathetic understanding and mutual support (Marsden, 1983) also helps reaching norms of generalized reciprocity among online community members. Communication and community identification Traditionally, community members share social and psychological aspects of community activities with one another and through this sharing they grow their memberships and commitment. When community members are geographically dispersed and socially loosely-tied, these explicit and concrete elements are not readily available or immediate to them. As a result, the links between online community members and their community and also the links among online community members

Authors: Chung, Siyoung.
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CMC Theories and Virtual Community
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Therefore, in this sense, online community can reach critical mass faster and thus foster
norms of generalized reciprocity faster than real-life community.
One research on the Internet use by HIV-positive individuals (Reeves, 2000) is a
good example to demonstrate how online community can foster norms of generalized
reciprocity and can reach critical mass in a rather quick manner. Reeves (2000) reports
that the Internet use facilitates the notion of ‘helping others.’ They got involved with
HVI-related online communities as help seekers for information and supports
(emotional or social), and then, they turned into help lenders. All ten participants of his
qualitative study volunteer their time to HIV-related causes and report that helping
others give them “sense of doing something useful and important (p. 56). This research
finding shows clearly how online community fosters norms of generalized reciprocity
and how fast critical mass is reached through computer networks.
Homogeneity in interests and needs among online community members which
fosters relatively high levels of empathetic understanding and mutual support (Marsden,
1983) also helps reaching norms of generalized reciprocity among online community
members.
Communication and community identification
Traditionally, community members share social and psychological aspects of
community activities with one another and through this sharing they grow their
memberships and commitment. When community members are geographically
dispersed and socially loosely-tied, these explicit and concrete elements are not readily
available or immediate to them. As a result, the links between online community
members and their community and also the links among online community members


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