Virtual Communities as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon


  •  Bunyamin Atici    

Abstract

The developments which were experienced in the communication and technology area made internet an important part of the daily life. In this respect, the virtual communities are in prominent place which are insulated from the time and place. In the study, Hakkarim.net is researched that formed our subject as one of the most different examples of these virtual communities. A qualitative research which is based on the observation fundamentally and richened with a survey and in-depth interviews is carried out in accordance with the ethnographic research which is used in this study. The behavior-oriented observations are performed and the oral reports are arranged with the requirements that the research is performed in the natural environment. In the research, the participants define being member of Hakkarim.net which they turned into a social sharing network and virtual community as commitment, unrequited love, happiness, belonging and entertainment respectively. The findings show that the persons in Hakkarim.net were expressing the everything they could not find in the real life, women, chats, words and dreams in this geography in which the people struggle with the problems such as terror, unemployment, violence and the feeling of being marginalized for years in Turkey.



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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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