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 well as a monograph. Introduction Along with producer Pooky Amsterdam of PookyMedia (whom I met producing earlier research [7]), we have begun a study to analyze … Continue reading Virtual World Television: Case studies in the emergence of user-generated participatory television

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 had a similar conception.  He believed everything in reality was connected to everything else. The world, reality, is continuous, circular.  Before the rules of chaos … Continue reading Variations on Theme: Boudu, Toni, and Mother Nature

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 comparison of hentai to live action pornography, here.  And, once again, the material covered in this part is strictly NSFW.] While it may not be … Continue reading The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 3

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 video I discuss what I had done, what I had learned, and perhaps what others can learn from it all.

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 entering this report via this part, you should pop on over there first.  In this part of the report, I compare hentai to live action … Continue reading The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 2

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  Some of the facts may be a bit outdated, some have been updated, but I still stand by the interpretation of the texts.  And, warning, this posting will include … Continue reading The Rise of Hentai in America, Part 1

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 the great examples of how much we humans celebrate success.  We give people medals, trophies, money, cereal endorsements, all for outrunning, outgunning, outswimming, outsynchronizing their … Continue reading The Culture of The Fail