The Spiritual Embrace of the Cyber-Community

Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher: National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Vanessa L. Ochs

Research Area: Culture and religion; Media, telecommunications, and information

Keywords: Technology; Health; Community Formation

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author describes her positive outlook on the rise of Cyber-communities that offer support to those who need it. The author explains her experience in an online community made up of people who had undergone surgery, or had had a family member undergo surgery. She articulates that Cyber-communities offer support of a different caliber than a bouquet of flowers from a neighbor.