Boundaries and Identity: Understanding Online Punk Practices
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This chapter analyses how digital technology can shape cultural practices of punks through and within online communities. It provides a different angle of approach for considering the spaces that punk-scene members construct for their gatherings. Members of online punk groups generate topics and invite discussion in the form of threads of conversation about punk in two online fora. While thus conversing and negotiating identity and norms in these spaces, they often have to employ special techniques to avoid or circumvent the censorship that is so commonplace. One of the most important dynamics is this: the forum members may have no physical contact with each other or specific intentions to engage in any. The text-oriented mode of communication leads to alternative means of establishing meaningful punk-related relationships, normally through following and commenting on the discussion threads in the fora.
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