The Net Neighborhood Essay

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The Net Neighborhood

“After all…I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

The above is my favorite quote from a movie. I have never really thought about my favorite movie quote until I ran into the question on the teen forums website. I thought the best online community for me to join would be one that I was interested in. I was attracted to the teen forum website which was created by the student center. I picked a message board that I knew I could participate in so that I could actively analyze the interactions between people. Therefore, I picked the movie message board which discusses anything from new movies to favorite movie kiss. The choices are ...view middle of the document...

The diary is as follows:

Thursday February 13th, 6:48 p.m. – I first checked the website during class. I looked at all the topics that people were talking about under the movie message board. Tonight I noted many new categories. For example, someone wanted to know what everyone’s favorite quote was. Some people put one quote and others had seemed to put much more time into it by putting numerous responses. I picked this website because I know a lot about movies and thought I could contribute. The following was a response to the quote question.
"We was beat when we was born." ~Newsies~
"Got your glasses on? It means you don't know who your friends are." ~Swing Kids~
"I’m not like you. You say things and people listen. I’m not like that." ~Dead Poets Society~ (Teen Forums,Quotes, 2/13/03)

I then responded to this person that I found a common theme among her quote choices. The movies she chose had the same characters; Christian Bale and Robert Sean Leonard. I wrote this to her and it really felt like we made a connection. Our conversation continued, she wrote:
“Finally! Someone who knows what they are talking about! Thank you for writing to me.”
Maybe online communities are not so bad after all. (Teen Forums, quotes, 2/13/03)

Friday February 14th, 11:15 a.m. -- Once again I noticed more and more topics being discussed. They ask if they have seen new movies that have just come out. Someone saw the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and wanted to know what other people thought. One person responded by saying, “That movie was awesome. (Teen Forums, How to Lose a Guy, 2/14/03) I think it is the best romantic comedy of all time.” The generalization that I make about this website is that people go on for the communication aspect.

Saturday February 15th, 4:40, p.m. -- All of the old topics from previous days are not on the website anymore because so many new ones were put in. Everything is very fluid. People are always responding to other people and creating new topics to talk about.
Saturday February 15th, 8:05 p.m.—I am on for the second time today, and three new topics have been added. Within a four hour period, much more has been contributed. I feel like this has occurred because it is the weekend. Teens in particular have much more time to be online. I came on again today, because I felt like asking a question. I asked what movies have made people cry. I really wanted to see how people would respond to me. (As a new member to the community) I was excited to get responses to my question. So I can see the thrill in that. Someone responded to my question in this way.
“Right at the end of "Schindler's List", when Oscar Schindler breaks down, and starts cursing himself for not having saved more Jews...it was so emotional...I just broke out in tears...we watched it in class...I think two thirds of us cried through the whole movie.” (Teen Forums, Cry, 2/15/03)

Sunday February 16th, 4:25 p.m. – Now...

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