It can be said that community and culture are correlated words defining
processes of belonging and sharing knowledge and understanding.  Major relevant
theories are those of Durkheim’s theory of community as ‘belonging to a group,
sharing an identity through norms and values’ (Samms, 2017, Weblearn) and Habermas’
public sphere theory as ‘a communicative space for an open public conversation,
foundation for democratic governance.’ (Samms, 2017, Weblearn).

Where a social organisation exists, popular
appreciation and sharing of beliefs and attitudes also exist.  However he
Internet phenomenon and its cybernetic interactions’ enabling structures have
revolutionalized the concepts of community and culture transposing their
values’ meanings from localised onto a globalised, boundless and timeless
virtual plane.  In his body of work, Marshal Poe (2010) analyses Harold
Innis’ Theory of Media Genesis and Effects’ and his identified five species of
culture throughout humanity, the Homo Loquens, Lector, Scriptor, Videns and
Somnians.  A network of connected computers that decode transfer of data
using software like the WWW, running on Web 2.0 cyber structure places the
virtual reality that Harold Innis foresaw as the Homo Somnians Era in the era
of the Internet.  Surfers can access and share cultural dimensions beyond
time in reflection of a global community living in different time zones and
therefore beyond space in the pursuit of enculturation, either on a
professional level as the trigger is a business activity, or on an amateur
plane, when the search is driven by self-growth, personal development and
personal aptitudes.  However the flat hierarchy to information access and
sharing  of the ‘virtual container’ web, where storage and filing of collective
assets cannot follow
traditional sequential filing, being information “scattered” across a
network
of servers (e.g. people’s home computers), ultimately blurred, thus changed the
boundaries between the concept of professional’s versus amateur’s supply and
demand.

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