CommunitySubmitted by Unknownuser on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:05
com·mu·ni·ty noun, often attributive \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\
: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
: a group of nations
Or as Wiki puts it:
The term community has two distinct meanings: 1) Community can refer to a usually small, social unit of any size that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment.
In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.
The word "community" is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas (com, "with/together" + munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society. Some examples of community service are to help in church, tutoring, hospitals, etc.
I had an exchange with another fellow DPer this morning discussing the DP as a community. She was intent on telling me that the DP is not a community and insisted it is rather cultish to think otherwise. For her...perhaps it is not. And that is alright. It doesn't have to be your community. It could be just a news source for you. It could be your favorite place to "troll". It could be your source of inspiration. What ever it is...you make it it what you want it to be.
For me...maybe it's not so much a community as it is like a diner. A diner you ask? Yes, the Daily Paul Diner. I'm a regular here. I come in daily to interact with "the locals". Sometimes we talk about the weather, sometimes we talk about religion, sometimes we talk about music at the local "jam session", but mostly we talk politics...just like any old diner would. Some days I don't "check in" but I'm still here so to speak...I'm just checking out the daily specials.
You see...a community does not mean you have to be physically present. Community means connection. And since the birth of the Internet, the world has suddenly become smaller. People who otherwise would never have a chance to meet, can now connect from across the world and our community has evolved to places we have never been before.
As I told another fellow DPer, we all have stories...every one of us. And we are all real, not just some electromagnetic pulse on the other side of your computer. Every encounter you have here is just as real as if we had bumped into each other on the street. If we can all realize this...than maybe we can turn this diner into something more than Michael Nystrom had ever imagined when he created this place.
Amor Vincit Omnia