Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 477–491 | Cite as

Reviving community networks: hyperlocality and suprathresholding in Web 2.0 designs

  • John M. Carroll
  • Blaine Hoffman
  • Kyungsik Han
  • Mary Beth Rosson
Original Article

Abstract

Social scientists have identified a crisis of community in modern society, for example, Putnam’s (Bowling alone: the collapse and revival of American community. Simon and Schuster, New York, 2000) study of a 40-year decline of community in American society. We argue that the design palette of Web 2.0 offers critical affordances for community information and interaction that enable hyperlocality and suprathresholding. We describe a community-based participatory design research project through which we investigated the design characteristics of hyperlocality and suprathresholding. We speculate on the possibility of a new design model for community networks.

Keywords

Hyperlocality Supra thresholding Web 2.0 Community networks Participatory design research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Carroll
    • 1
  • Blaine Hoffman
    • 1
  • Kyungsik Han
    • 1
  • Mary Beth Rosson
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Human–Computer Interaction and College of Information Sciences and TechnologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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