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An Academic's Sojourn Through Communication

The Pop Culture Lens Podcast Goes Live!

Christopher Olson (of the blog Seems Obvious to Me) and I present a new podcast, The Pop Culture Lens, where we discuss the media of the past through the lens … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 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

Steve Benford and Inhabited TV: The beginnings of VWTV Part 2

Pooky Amsterdam’s interview with a VWTV pioneer concludes with this second part.  And it raises the question: how likely is the virtual and the real to converge to produce television? … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Steve Benford and Inhabited TV: The beginnings of VWTV

Pooky Amsterdam reports on a conversation she had with someone who might just be one of the pioneers of virtual world television.  Steve Benford was part of a research project … Continue reading

August 16, 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

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

Cultivation theory, media socialization and adolescents’ identity formation

(Originally a class paper written in 2003, with the full paper, including references, found here.  Related thinking on this topic can be found here.) When a farmer plants a field … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Virtual Worlds Television and Metanomics: Innovating or Remediating?

I’ve been using this blog to deconstruct research I’ve done that are interesting vignettes of findings, but perhaps in need of a non-traditional method of publication.  In one such paper … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 6 Comments

The Story of The Dark Knight and Its Brethren

Back in the spring of 2007, like other Batman fans who loved Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, I was eagerly awaiting his follow-up, The Dark Knight. When the “I Believe in … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

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