New communication media means that new social phenomena are going to arise that differ in significant ways from everything we've known. We are going to have to get used to the idea that the word "community" is going to have to stretch to include groups of people who communicate socially and work together cooperatively and never meet in the real world.
Howard Rheingold, The Virtual Community; Homesteading on the Virtual Frontier
Put rather lyrically by Doreen Massy on her book ‘For Space’
“ Multiplicity is fundamental….Space is more than distance. It is the sphere of openended configurations within multiplicities. Given that, the really serious question which is raised by speed-up, by ‘the communications revolution’ and by cyberspace, is not whether space will be annihilated but what kinds of multiplicities (patterning's of uniqueness) and relations will be co-constructed with these new kinds of spatial configurations.”