some benefits of virtual communities

. . . like the tuesday cafe

The advantages of the Tuesday Cafe have mostly to do with the ways in which it represents what Howard Rheingold has called a "virtual community." For me, the difference that the Netoric community has made is quite striking. When I lived in Massachusetts (15 minutes from Harvard Square, not counting parking, teaching at U Mass Lowell, a technologically oriented university), before the Netoric and before I had easy access to the Internet, I was more isolated, more on my own, than I have been since I began going to the Cafe (that is to say, before moving to central Minnesota, where the winters go on for, well, never mind).

Introduction to the Tuesday Cafe.
What is the Tuesday Cafe?
What are some of the disadvantages of MOO discussions?
How do people get to the Cafe?
Works Cited

Last updated: 10 June 1996. Questions and comments? Please e-mail Sharon Cogdill at