10 Transcending Space, Time, and Class: Video Sharing, Video Gaming, and Praying Online
Transcending Space, Time, and Class: Video Sharing, Video Gaming, and Praying Online
Scholars from a variety of disciplines, from sociology to communications, from Turkle (2011) to Bauerlein (2011), regularly assault, deconstruct, and celebrate the social implications and transformations produced by the modern evolution of computer mediated communication. Without question, computer mediated communication online continues to nurture “dramatic, unprecedented changes in our personal lives and social relationships” (Kempers, 2002, p. 118). Indeed, access to entertainment, education, community, family, and religion is increasingly liberated from pure face-to-face interactions and other physical constraints.
Online, we see diminishments in a host of variables that previously limited one’s access to numerous sociocultural systems and experiences. For instance, a lack of suitable transportation or financial support, the remoteness of a location or one’s physical disabilities have all become less obstructive or discouraging when communicating digitally in virtual contexts (Loane & D’Alessandro, 2013). Indeed, digital technologies appear to be redefining the parameters and contexts available for socializing while adding new layers, pockets, and levels to society and popular culture.