Chapter one of the book Technically Together by Michele A. Wilson discusses three concepts: community, technology, and intersubjectivity. The concept of community is introduced within the first page of the chapter. It is stated how some sociologist could not make a clear definition for the word community. The author talks about how learning and understanding the different forms of communities can help create solutions to communal conflicts. The author argues that communities could be looked at from all different aspects according to structural differences that make up different communities.
One topic I found interesting in the book was bonding and connection. This section of the chapter discusses how a community is more than just people living in the same space, and that it is people living in the same space who interact with each other. A bond is created through people being a member in a community and sharing common interests with others. Stronger bonds between the people in the community can create a more stable community which can lead to confidence and sentiment within a community. It is discussed at the end of the section how communities consist of natural social interactions where the people see themselves as part of a whole community.
Another topic in the book I found interesting was Reciprocity and Identity. I find this concept interesting because I can relate it to my personal experiences. Reciprocity is a major part of the bonding process. It involves the exchange of different interactions between two different people. These interactions can be then identified and analyzed by the receiving person. These actions can be identified which can cause a mutual response. The act of receiving and understanding an action could be symbolic, spiritual, or social. I like reading about this kind of topic because it gives me a better understanding of how humans have this ability to communicate and understand each other’s motives.
One last topic I thought was interesting was the different types of communities. The two types of communities discussed in the chapter were assent communities and descent communities. The contrast in these two communities help me realize the two types of communities that exist. Assent communities have to do with choosing to be part of a community. Meaning that you are not born into a community, you can chose to be a part of a community. The author uses the idea of Christianity. In this religion you are not born a Christian but can be converted to become Christian. In a descent community, a choice is not an option. You are born into a community and expected to follow the communities practices. You do not get to chose which community you get to be part of. The author uses the example of Jewish communities. If you are born into a Jewish family than you are jewish too, you do not have the choice of what religion you practice. Therefore a child born into a Jewish family is expected to practice the Jewish family rituals and religion.