Tag Archives: mmogs/muds/virtual worlds

Twitch talk

It’s no small thing when the platform you’ve been studying for quite a few years invites you in to give a talk and leaves it pretty open as to what you speak about. The invite said “We like to hear about how successful individuals got to where they are today and what they’re up to now” – gulp! Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time mulling over what I might share that wouldn’t be old news to them ;)  I ended up trying to pull on a few threads from several of my major game research projects. I really enjoyed the visit and the great conversation. Here’s a VOD of if you are interested! Thanks again for the invite Lauren Forbes and Twitch!
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New publication on collaborative writing

I’m really proud of my co-authored book Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method written with the fab Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, and Celia Pearce. I learned so much from them, and the process, and it’s been great to see the book go out into the world and get some nice feedback (CSCW, American Ethnologist, LSE Review of Books, Leonardo). Enough folks asked us how we wrote a single-voiced monograph with four people that we have just published a short piece in the ACM magazine Interactions explaining just that. It talks a lot about the tools and the process. Hope some of you find it of interest!

 

Boellstorff, Nardi, Pearce, and Taylor (2013). “Words with Friends: Writing Collaboratively Online,” Interactions, Sept/Oct: 58-61.