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Tom Boellstorff 2: Is it Fierce? Or, Hotness Based Research

One of my favorite parts of the conversation Kathleen Cool and I had with Tom Boellstorff was about what I like to jokingly refer to as hotness based research. I wonder if any of the readers here have ever had this problem I encounter when I attend parties or events where I am with any […]

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Tom Boellstorff 1: Exploring the Digital Jungle

Katie Vizenor, Tom Boellstorff, and Kathleen Cool sit in a Second Life living room like space with couches and posters of Boellstorff's books on the wall.

In 2008 Tom Boellstorff published Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human. Last month his latest book Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook Of Method, cowritten with Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pearce, and T.L. Taylor was published. Recently, Kathleen Cool and I sat down with him (in Second Life, of course) […]

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Whose Rule is it Anyway? An Intro to Digital Citizenship

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the term Digital Citizens. That term is typically used to talk about how people in the real world are learning to incorporate technology into their lives in order to engage in social, community and political activities and efforts. Avenues for this participation include social networks like Facebook, […]

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