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An Academic's Sojourn Through Communication

Ghost Whisperer’s Ghost in the Machine

This essay was originally posted as part of my work for the Virtual Worlds Research Group at Roskilde University. This essay reflects my interest in how pop culture represents new … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Metaphors for making sense of virtual worlds

The following paper comes from a presentation given at ECREA in 2010 and at NCA in 2011 (the version of which can be found here on the blog). I submitted … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Avatars, Audiences and Interactive Television

This presentation was given at the 100th National Communication Association Conference in Chicago on November 21, 2014. This presentation reflects the work I have done with Pooky Amsterdam to understand … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Real Virtual Haunted House

If you have the time and the wherewithal to go into the virtual world Second Life for Halloween, then I have the place for you: the Haunted House in Halloween Town.  Now, … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Producers’ Retrospective: Flufee On A Meshion

How does a digital creation experience life as the star of virtual world television and machinima?  Well, here is Flufee, star of the series Flufee on a Meshion, as well as … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

VWTV Beyond Second Life: Pooky and Habbo Hotel

This week’s virtual world television focus is on Pooky Amsterdam’s formative experiences in the virtual world Habbo Hotel (or so it was called at the time).  Producing in that virtual world helped … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

VWTV Beyond Second Life: InfinityXShark and Star Trek

Although the focus of our virtual world television project is on the social world Second Life, that doesn’t mean it is the only virtual world being used by regular people to … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crap Mariner: The Problems for VWTV

The most talked about blog yet on virtual world television!  An honest and frank assessment by the producer of The Grid’s Honest Truth on how VWTV could succeed or fail — and … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

RacerX Gulwing: Behind the Snails

Now, tell the truth.  Your have always thought about racing giant snails through a Japanese game show styled obstacle course.  Who has not ever wanted to do this?  It is … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beyer Sellers: Dealing with Second Life

There is a two-for-one today over at Virtual World Television, as we focus today on Beyer Sellers and the VWTV program Metanomics.  Learn more about the struggles of producing in Second Life from Beyer … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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