First citizen

In "The Virtual Community," online pioneer Howard Rheingold examines his home community, The Well, and makes his way through MUDs and beyond.

By Read by Howard Rheingold

Published October 27, 2000 4:58PM (EDT)

Howard Rheingold's career spans a relatively isolated life as writer (Tools for Thought, The Virtual Community) and editor (Whole Earth Review, The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog) to his vital role at the genesis of computer-mediated communities.

In his classic book, "The Virtual Community," Rheingold writes about the early evolution of life online, which has become, in the years since the book was published, a "killer app," perhaps the most powerful of the Internet's many features.

Rheingold's trip through the history of cyberspace includes a stint as executive editor of HotWired and creation of Electric Minds, plus an important role in Doug Block's documentary "Home Page. "

Listen to Howard Rheingold read from "The Virtual Community." MIT Press will publish a revised edition of the book in November 2000.

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