Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Community emphasizes exclusivity and belongingness, and is abundant in suburbs. For many, it can also be found online where like-minded people easily find one another. Community is distinctly different from civility, which describes a set of behaviors and attitudes intended to support inclusion and opportunities for participation in public life, and is absolutely place based. The role of public space, then, is to cultivate civility, which in turn supports social interaction in a way that does not presuppose payment of fees or membership in a more limited community."
p. 68, Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson
OK, so I can't count. But this passage was so good I couldn't pass it up. I'm not sure it's true that suburbia is necessarily lacking in civility or inherently exclusive, but it's certainly true that the best and most enjoyable communities I've been involved in during my 15+ years online are those that promote good behavior by instituting and enforcing a rigid code of conduct and are broadly inclusive.