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COMMUNEcation: A Rhizomatic Tale of Participatory Technology, Postcoloniality and Professional Community
New Media & Society (2010)
  • Kirsten J. Broadfoot, Colorado State University
  • Debashish Munshi
  • Natalie Nelson-Marsh, Boise State University
Abstract
This article explores our experiences in creating and participating with(in) a virtual conference organized as an experimental virtual network. These experiences demonstrate how physically co-located and virtual conferencing practices acting in tandem provide a greater opportunity for the inclusion of both diverse perspectives and participants in professional community. Using insights from postcolonial theory, we examine how the architecture of participation found in the technologies of Web 2.0 accentuates the potential for reclaiming some diversity of perspective and participation, facilitating a form of molecular community through conferencing practices. Finally, we provide theoretical and empirical insights and reflections on the social dynamics of conferencing in both online and offline spaces to demonstrate how online conferencing can expand the directions taken in pursuit of new collective knowledge.
Keywords
  • culture,
  • community,
  • conferencing,
  • diversity,
  • participation,
  • postcolonial
Disciplines
Publication Date
August 1, 2010
Publisher Statement

This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at New Media & Society, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/1461444809348880

Citation Information
Kirsten J. Broadfoot, Debashish Munshi and Natalie Nelson-Marsh. "COMMUNEcation: A Rhizomatic Tale of Participatory Technology, Postcoloniality and Professional Community" New Media & Society Vol. 12 Iss. 5 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/natalie_nelson-marsh/3/