New communities
June 2nd, 2005

This article in USAToday says that “five years after sociologist Robert Putnam documented the decline of community involvement in his book Bowling Alone,a new spirit of civic engagement is flourishing, largely because of 21st-century technology.Cell phones,e-mails, instant text messaging and Blackberries are helping mobile,busy Americans link up with neighbors on their commutes to work,in the middle of the night and on business trips”.Further.”You can’t pick up the telephone and say,’Connect me with someone else who has a kid with leukemia,'”says Howard Rheingold,author of The Virtual Community and Smart Mobs,books that document the global influence of the Internet and other technology on communities,political action and street demonstrations.The Internet is “enabling people to connect with someone specifically in their neighborhood. …It furnishes a kind of glue.People move from place to place and job to job,but they no longer need to lose touch.”

Beyond Kiwanis:Internet builds new communities


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