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This chapter reviews relevant research on three
primary issues concerning the social consequences of the Internet: (1)
access, (2) civic, political and community involvement, and (3) social
interaction and forms of expression. It organizes the prior
research and theory according to whether they represent a pessimistic
or optimistic perspective.
Access to computers and the Internet
Barriers, influences and consequences
CIVIC AND POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
Civic and political involvement
The Nature of 'real' Community
A Broader Question of Impacts
Social Interaction and Expression
Increased frequency and
The Internet at home and
Association with other
Increasing diversity of
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