Let’s Take It Outside: Social Media and Hybrid Spaces
This panel examines approaches to creating place-based communities online. Much new media scholarship focuses on devices used to engage online (Farman, 2012) over considering how online communities become networked media spaces (Chamberlain, 2009). Spaces, real or digital, are understood to be “produced through use” and interactions that “dramatically change the essential character of space” (Farman, 2012). Although certainly significant to our discussion, this panel temporarily sets aside considerations of individual digital mediaries, or the impact social media platforms have on individual or collective identity. Instead, we focus on how digital technologies can be structured to parallel embodied and emplaced physical and social actions while online (Nieuwdorp, 2005).