What defines a community is more than its geographic boundaries; it’s the element of people gathering together for a common cause, supporting each other’s well-being and interests, and advancing goals that strengthen both the community and its members.
In 1985, one of the landmark events was the founding of the WELL, a new computer service by the San Francisco gang that had published the Whole Earth Catalog. In his influential book The Virtual Community , Howard Rheingold described how people took to this new communication medium enthusiastically, forging friendships and relationships that spanned a wide range of common interests -- on both a professional and personal level.
Today, the online landscape is profoundly richer, deeper and more readily available to digital media artists. As bandwidths increase, processing platforms improve while becoming less expensive, Internet access becomes more affordable, and software applications create new tools for communication, collaboration and play.