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Virtual World Television: Case studies in the emergence of user-generated participatory television

This post comes from our presentation at Web Science 2012 this past June in Evanston, Il.  We are in the process of preparing this study’s results for further conferences as … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

Variations on Theme: Boudu, Toni, and Mother Nature

[Film analysis paper from 1999] In ancient times, many cultures conceived of the world as a snake devouring itself, creating a continuous circle.  In modern times, film critic Andre Bazin … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 3

[This is the final part of the women studies paper I wrote on hentai.  You can find Part 1, on the definition of hentai, here, and Part 2, on the … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

How People Make Sense of Virtual Worlds — and Why It Matters

This video was produced by Roskilde University, with assistance from Dominican University, to summarize and even illustrate some of the findings from my research study, Virtual Worlds Entertainment. In this … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 2

[In part 1 of this 2006 women studies paper, I discussed what hentai is and how it has grown in consumption in the United States; so if you are first … Continue reading

August 12, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 1

(This paper, and the accompanying presentation I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way, were done in 2006 for a women’s studies course at Ohio State University.  Some of the facts … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Culture of The Fail

As a society, as a civilization, even as a species, we like to celebrate success.  With the Summer Olympics under way in Ye Olde London Towne, we have one of … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Representations of Women in Japanese and American Pop Culture

(From a 2004 paper on a cross-cultural examination of the superheroine)             In their article on children and role models, Anderson and Cavallaro (2002) say … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 4 Comments

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