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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

Experience Spotlights: Richard Kastelein

Richard Kastelein, an expert on social television and transmedia storytelling, presents his work on Twinners, an attempt at creating a real time virtual world television experience. Experience Spotlights: Richard Kastelein

December 7, 2013 · Leave a 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

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: 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

Tweets from the World

  • Women gaining ground in other STEM fields, just not computing: The Stats On Women In Tech Are Actually Getting Worse huff.to/1McPEaE 1 day ago
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