Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests these hallmarks of a true "third place": free or inexpensive; food and drink, while not essential, are important; highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance); involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there; welcoming and comfortable; both new friends and old should be found there. (58)
Michael Krassa argues along similar lines, looking at neighborhood design, social network formation, and civic involvement.
In Culture Place and Society 'third space' is recognised as a new kind of 'place'. First Space is the environment we live in and have tangibly created. Second Space is the place that we 'want' to create, for example the plans we draw up for a new extension to the house. You can envisage the space but it isn't a 'reality'. When you build the extension the 'second space' becomes a 'first space'. A 'Third Space' is when you create an environment within a computer game such as 'second life'. You have an idea what you want that place to look like, you create it but it does not become a first space as it is not tangible. That new place is a 'third space'. Within a game like second life our 'etherial' bodies or 'avatars' live in this 'third space'.
Third Space has become a new kind of place...
A traditional public house encourages social contact between patrons. But a third place which provides internet access may create a hollow effect in that the patrons are physically present but do not make social contact with each other, being absorbed by their remote connections. Some café owners are trying to ameliorate this effect by staging performance art such as live jazz and turning off the wi-fi to encourage audience engagement.
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New England Cross Country: Eastman meets goal with a furious finish ; Silas Eastman of Fryeburg Academy leads the Maine contingent with a third-place finish.
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