Virtual CommunityPosted: December 3, 2008
Can community be achieved virtually?
It’s been something I’ve been pondering as I have been thinking about the redemptive purposes of Facebook & other social networking sites (and the redeeming value of the internet, in general). My conclusion? I’d like to think that real community can only happen in honest relationship with others. Now, if this is achieved through honest relationships in online communities, then I think virtual community can be achieved. But I doubt that this would hold up very long, because there are too many walls that one could hide behind in these virtual settings (not to say there aren’t any masks one could have in face-to-face interactions, either).
All that to say, I’m not made up in my mind about all this stuff yet. But I thought it was interesting enough to throw it out there. I’m interested in what other people think.
Can community be acheived virtually? Ought the Body of Christ seek virtual communities as a viable option?