Informal Public Spaces and Community Building
Edited by Joanne Dolley and Caryl Bosman
Chapter 9: Third places in the ether around us: layers on the real world
Oldenburg, in his later writings, argued that the Internet was not and could not be a third place. This chapter takes a fresh look at the role of media and technology, suggesting that Oldenburg’s criteria can be viewed through a lens of computer-mediated communication theories, with technologies layering on top of everyday life. Depending on the technology, this layering can be more literal or figurative. As we become more intertwined with technology, some devices and systems are seen as more beneficial to supporting social capital via third-place functions and forms, while others are not.
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