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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

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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Ephemera

I apologize for these sporadic postings… my dissertation has been keeping me busy, although I have to say that I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m about half way done combing through my hefty stash of data (over 1,000 pages of transcripts collected over a year and a […]

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Virtual Orchestras

Van’s proposition to turn my “childhood dreams” into virtual world reality got me really excited. And what do I do when I get excited?!?! My OCD kicks in :). So, I’ve been spending some time looking into virtual world (SL, specifically) orchestras and am amazed at what I’m finding. I’m sure some of you are […]

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Childhood Dreams

Maybe it’s all these great diary posts Van has been doing on her grad school performances, but I’ve been thinking a lot (and missing) the creativity of my more creative years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the academic path I’ve taken, but sometimes I feel like there are way too many rules to obey […]

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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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