Individual Dynamics Subgroup Meeting Notes


Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Mary Garber, Lisa Hall, Michael Kirby, Bill Pitkin, Nelson Tang, and Ching-Ning Wang met in the last minutes of class to brainstorm on the subject of "virtual communities." Some of the topics we discussed were virtual public spaces, communication and relationships, cyberlove/cybersex, and social identity. Based on our particular interests and the flexibility of our schedules, we split into two subgroups of three members each. Mary, Bill, and Ching-Ning will focus on what we call group dynamics, while Lisa, Michael, and Nelson will focus on individual aspects of virtual communities.


Wednesday, October 20, 1999

Lisa, Michael, and Nelson met to brainstorm on individual aspects of virtual communities. We discussed the following questions and topics:

Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Lisa and Michael met to conduct research on some of our topics.


Wednesday, November 3, 1999

Lisa, Michael, and Nelson met and decided that the focus of our subgroup would be the social consequences of electronic communication for individuals. We divided our brainstorming from the previous meetings into four areas of discussion:
  1. Linguistics
  2. Etiquette / netiquette
  3. E-mail as a new channel of communication
  4. Signal to noise ratio / information overload
Our organized brainstorming now looks like this:
  1. Linguistics
  2. Etiquette / netiquette
  3. E-mail as a new channel of communication
  4. Signal-to-noise-ratio / information overload

Wednesday, November 10, 17, 24, 1999

Lisa, Michael, and Nelson met to conduct research and start work on our web site.


Wednesday, December 1, 1999

Lisa, Michael, and Nelson met to delegate specific tasks involved in the writing of our material.



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