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M6D1: Cyber Communities.

Upon successful completion of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Analyze social phenomena utilizing theoretical frameworks
  • Identify ethical problems faced by individuals or communities and identify effective solutions
  • Explain the concept of social deviance and provide examples of deviant behavior in social context
  • Explain and critically evaluate contemporary literature in the field of criminal justice

As you read Chapter 35, think about cyber communities, both deviant and “non-deviant,” and consider how these communities have come into existence over the past twenty years and how they have changed the way we relate to one another. Consider online learning, online dating, chat rooms, message boards, social networking, Skype, and instant messaging. Consider how your relationships with strangers, with loved ones and with friends have been impacted by these new communities. Consider how cyber communities impact deviant loners, colleagues, crews and formal deviant organizations.

After reading Chapter 35, “Cybercommunities of Self-Injury,” discuss how these communities have changed the social stigma for self-harmers. Also, discuss at least one “cyber community” that you are a part of (for example, Facebook, fan forums, or blogging communities). This can include the online college, but please try to think of other examples. Discuss whether you think these communities have led to greater social connection or greater social alienation for modern Americans. Discuss how these communities have changed the ways in which we relate to one another.

Evaluation Criteria

Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings in the instructions with proper APA style formatting.

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