Really rough notes on how I've come to view culture... both online and offline. And both.
My wife, the religious studies ph.d, sez I'm becoming a "bootstrap anthropologist".
These topics need to be developed fully, there's a lot more here, but wanted to get the concepts rolling, so to speak.
I have come to look at culture as a combination of:
1) development of new strategies for success in life and as a group - what works for us? What might work better?
2) information about what strategies work in life and as a group - ooooh Britney does that! That'll work for me...
3) systems for achieving status (I'm a leader, I'm a comic, I'm a bridge builder, etc.)
4) systems for collaborative accomplishment (a really powerful component of human experience, I think, see WoW or Burning Man or the Armed Services... or even, online discussions like this. We're hard wired to find a place in the group we're in and contribute to its success, and it feels gooood)