• For this activity, choose an online community, either one you participate in or one that you are familiar with. Then, think about how someone might have participated in a community around that topic fifty years ago vs. today. For example, how might cat lovers have shared their enthusiasm for cats in the 1960s? Try to imagine how Baym’s seven key concepts would apply in this context. What creative methods might you have used to form a community before the internet? What similarities would it have to today’s new media? What are the most important differences?
  • Consider whether the additional challenges needed to connect with others without the internet would make it less likely that participants would join or remain in the community. What impact might this have on the choices individuals would make in terms of what communities to become members of?
  • In your responses to classmates, suggest additional ways that your classmates might bring people together in their chosen community without the internet. How would you recommend that they reach out?