Affiliations

Affiliations are memberships, formal and informal, in online communities centered around various forms of media, such as Friendster, Facebook, message boards, metagaming, game clans, or MySpace. A lot of people today are members of far more than one virtual community. Technology makes access very easy to virtual societies.
Affiliations are experimental, innovative, provisional, change with time in accordance with changes in community which allow opportunities for learning, creative expression, civic engagement, political empowerment, and economic advancement.
The tendency today is that people acquire skills necessary to participate in online communities on their own. Firstly, they need to sort through hundreds of different virtual communities, make evaluations which best fit their interest. Secondly, they learn how to become competent members.

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Jenkins, Henry; with Clinton, Katie; Purushotma, Ravi; Robison, Alice J.; & Weigel, Margaret. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.macfound.org/media/article_pdfs/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF
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