What is community? What defines it, and what creates it? What—or who—is the gay community? Is the gay community the same as it was ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago? Those are some of the questions I will be answering as I explore the creation, expansion, and subsequent integration of the physical gay community into one that embraces an online, fragmented community. I will explore the creation and evolution of the gay community, examining its early years and the challenges it faced as a marginalized group. To help define community, I will use the concept of identity theory by incorporating the theory of play and weaving the idea of claiming public space into my argument to show how the physical, economic, social creation of the gay community is dependent upon a geographic and virtual community. Those examples will set up my argument that the idea of community has changed in part to the commonality of technology and social applications. I argue that the idea of the traditional gay and lesbian community, which relied heavily on where you lived, has become fragmented and disjointed because of the reliance of an online, virtual community which, in turn, has led to a lack of interpersonal connections among individuals of this marginalized group.
|Commitee:||Duran-Aydintug, Candan, Robinson, Tony|
|School:||University of Colorado at Denver|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, GLBT Studies, Multimedia Communications, Web Studies|
|Keywords:||Gay apps, Gay history, Grindr, Identity theory, LGBTQ, Social media|
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