chapter  V
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The network of the Internet provides the possibility for increased connectivity between people. Communication through Internet forums (such as e-mail, chat rooms, graphical worlds and discussion lists) allows people to participate within multiple social networks, known as ‘virtual communities’. Interaction within the virtual environment is mediated through technology rather than face-to-face. Meeting people can be achieved easily, despite distance. Language differences can be overcome through software applications designed to translate messages. As a result, particular communities can be formed in the virtual world that might otherwise not exist.