Right now I am doing research for my doctoral dissertation at the Duke August Library (HAB) in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. This is a beautiful city -- many of the buildings here survived WWII intact, so the older parts of the city have a very historic presence. Another scholar working here explained to me that he was originally attracted to the field of history because his family background was intertwined with historical events: his grandmother lived in Vienna and collected newspapers announcing the beginning of WWI, for example, so for him history was always contextualized and immediate. This discussion makes me wonder about the possibility of a "shared sense of past" in the online environment. Are the cultural touchstones for this community still linked to national borders and geographic locations? For example, since my computer is now in Europe, many online videos from the United States are blocked to me (The Office). There are so many online references to this show, which I am familiar with because I watched the online version in the United States, and I would argue that quotes from it are becoming a kind of shorthand for certain common experiences (strange co-workers, tense office parties, and so on.) What kinds of references form the basis of an online community? Are there online events that form a sort of "canon" --the advent of Google, or the beginning of Youtube? What are the shared contexts or histories? Movies, books, comics, blogs...?