Robert Putnam, in his book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, uses the example of the decline of bowling leagues across the country to suggest the passing of community and associations in the United States. Traditionally these associations provided the “social capital”* upon which society was built.
Has social media exacerbated this loss of community and neighborhood associations or has it enhanced community building? Many argue that electronic communication lacks the tactile and personal nature of face to face contact necessary for true communities. Others respond that online communication permits a much broader understanding of community, with connection across a heretofore impossible expanse of culture and geography.
*Social capital: A network of personal relationships that provide social glue.
Using real-world examples, please compose a two-page essay discussing the impact of the new world of digital communication on community-building in America.
Your essay should use MLA formatting and demonstrate college-level grammar, spelling and vocabulary.