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Folks in the DC area have a great opportunity coming up to explore
the notion of virtual community ...
 
HOWARD RHEINGOLD will be in town talking about his new book,
THE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY, as part of the Smithsonian resident associates
program.  It's October 25 at 8pm.
 
Let's all go!  It's $11 ($8 for members) and you can make a reservation
by calling 202-357-3030.
 
"All over the planet, people who have never met are linking up by computer
 - sharing scientific research, child-rearing tips, business
strategies, political opinions, sexual fantasies, and the contents
of entire libraries.  Moreover, they are building very real and
powerful communities based on mutual interests rather than on
geography, and in so doing, they are redefining tyhe social fabric.
 
"Technology guru Howard Rheingold discusses the issues surrounding
this onling phenomenon - from the psychological needs that make
communication via computer so compelling, to the revolutionary
implications for business and political organizations.  His lecture
also examines the sticky philosophical and legal problems that
must be addressed with regard to this technology's use, including
debates over free speech, and ownership and control of what some call
the "electronic superhighway"  the infrastructure that makes it
all possible."
 
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The folks at the Smithsonian are apparantly dubious about whether there
is real interest in this topic - so give a call asap so they'll know
we'll all be coming!