Sleepless in Belgrade: A Virtual Community during War

Smiljana Antonijević

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Abstract

In this paper the results of research on the role of a virtual community during wartime are presented. A virtual community within the Belgrade-based online system, SezamPro, was explored in the periods before, during and after the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. This research found that the community had gone through significant changes during the War, including a) number of participants increased; b) users spent much more time online; and, c) reason for communicating changed dramatically. During war, online efforts focused on information gathering, social interaction and the expression of political opinions. In a period of crisis strong interpersonal relationships were established within the studied online group. Furthermore, in such state of affairs the Internet became an important source of information.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftFirst Monday
Vol/bind7
Udgave nummer1
ISSN1396-0466
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2002
Udgivet eksterntJa

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