Many-to-many communication is different from one-to-one communication like
Many-to-many discourse is necessarily multi-threaded. People new to electronic discourse can find the diffuseness frustrating or even alienating, but I think most people not only get used to it--they come to love it.
If Ray Oldenburg is right when he says that communities are built out of the conversations in third places, then a virtual community like the one that meets at the Tuesday Cafe is characterized by this potential that everybody has of being able to speak to everybody else. Not everybody does speak, though: some people lurk, not exercising their right to write, and some can feel closed out by some of the disadvantages MOOing can offer, especially to beginners, poor writers or typists, and people with unreliable connections to the Net.
Introduction to the Tuesday Cafe.
What is the Tuesday Cafe?
What are some of the benefits offered by this kind of community?
What are some of the disadvantages of MOO discussions?
How do people get to the Cafe?
Last updated: 10 June 1996. Questions and comments? Please e-mail Sharon Cogdill at firstname.lastname@example.org.