Certainly, the emergence and the development of the internet since the 1960s has revolutionised our world with various technical and social capabilities. Those, are holding an enormous impact on our everyday lives, growing in parallel to other processes, such as the political, economic etc.
Along the technological evolution, I find the matter of community and the way it changed throughout the history of the internet- a fascinating and powerful view to examine. The rise of online discussion’s forms, from news sites to blogs and social media- lead to the broadening of debates and empowering of ideas’ flows.
The contemporary form of the internet is featured by courses of information’s commodity and a wide interpersonal communication. Those, as to Papacharissi (2010), are “connecting more heterogeneous groups of people to bring about social and political change”. If we are to understand the wide stage the internet provides to the public sphere today, we may consider more than 152,000,000 bloggers around the web, 307 million monthly active users on Twitter and around 40 million unique users each week in the BBC’s news website. Those, have been developed on a fast stream since the 1990s. They represent the way the internet promoted and is still promoting processes such as globalization and democratization, which are so central to our everyday lives.