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  •  Onine groups are very real, yes. (0+ / 0-)

    They are "voices" of real people.  If that's what you mean.

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    by dov12348 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:49:40 PM PST

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    •  That's not really what I mean. (6+ / 0-)

      I mean that the groups themselves are real entities in and of themselves, because they are named and identified as such by individual real people.

      It is the force of the group's being identified and named, the reinforcement of that identity whenever the group is identified and named, and the continuing belief that the group exists, that draws a rhetorical circumference around the group and causes it to exist.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:16:46 PM PST

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