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." **************** 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!