Citation: boyd, danah. 2009. "The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online." Personal Democracy Forum, New York, June 30.
This talk was written for a specific audience - the attendees of the Personal Democracy Forum. This audience is primarily American, primarily liberal-leaning, primarily white, and primarily involved professionally in politics in one way or another. Keep this audience in mind when I'm talking about "we" here.

"The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online"

A list off research studies and downloadable pdf
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Fernback, Jan. (2008). Beyond the diluted community concept: A symbolic interactionis perspective on online social relations. New media & society. Vol. 9 (1).

This paper would be a good addition to open the dialogue about community in cyberspace. Fernback takes on an SI approach to community and builds off the portable roots metaphor (Bennis and Slater, 1968) to explain the symbolic commitment of a commuity free of bodies, prejudices, and limitations. Fernback carries out a qualitative interview method to identify how users identify community characteristics online and lays out two really nice conceptualizations of cyber-community.

Continued discussion of this topic of community in cyberspace can be developed from some of the following readings. These add a great SI perspective to understanding how we construct cultures for ourselves.

Scott, Marvin B., Lyman, S. M. (1968). Accounts. American sociological review 33: 46-62.
Scott and Lyman bring up the idea of speech communities in which people who are in frequent and regular interaction share a body of verbal signs in their communication patterns...things such as accounts (experiences), justifications, and excuses.