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This study explores how community and cultural identities are formed in two online discussion groups on Usenet, rec.motorcycles.harley (RMH) and soc.culture.scottish (SCS). Using the method of depth hermeneutics, this study first considers how the cultural images of the biker or the Scot have been constructed in traditional media. This study finds that in each online group, participants create a "social imaginary" or community group. Rather than creating a community or culture that exists completely within a computer network, participants instead integrate their communities-of-interest into their daily lives and also suture their daily lives into the events and activities taking place on Usenet.
Dr. Charles A. Hays is Assistant Professor and Internship Coordinator in the School of Journalism at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. His research projects are in alternative media and communications. Dr. Hays previously worked as a radio, television and print journalist in the United States.