Digital Community Research

A few days ago I came across an interesting research topic at AnthroVlog focusing on digital participation. I was drawn by the title “What Defines a Community?”, and although I haven’t reviewed too much of its content yet, it has pointed my attention to two facts.

Firstly, to be able to lead a virtual group of people who need to work together, there must be a sense of community among them. This is a major motivational factor: when I feel I’m part of a community, I also want to contribute.

Secondly, this research is conducted by an anthropologist. Looking for ways to define leadership in social networks, I have thought about disciplines such as sociology, management, social psychology, but I haven’t considered before anthropology to be important. Well, I guess I was wrong…

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