The Virtual

The Virtual

1) In my opinion, one of the most interesting aspects in the study of space is how different social practices affect (and are affected) within the interaction of space. One of question that comes to…

Virtual as Actual and Vice Versa.

Virtual as Actual and Vice Versa.

Arguably, the virtual world is no longer simulacra – an escape from reality. It can at times represent a hyperreal situation in which the virtual becomes similar to that of Las Vegas. In regards to…

Let’s Talk Virtual.

Let’s Talk Virtual.

  1. I’m still working/thinking through the concepts and ideas I posed in my digital space presentation and upon rereading de Souza e Silva and Sutko, I’m now considering how the body can be understood as

Weekly Post – Week 8

Weekly Post – Week 8

1: Rajchman talks about the concept of the “virtual home” and the difference between the virtual and the actual. While he stresses that they are not dichotomous, exclusive terms, he doesn’t touch on the notion…

Book Review – Access Contested

Book Review – Access Contested

Book Link: http://web.idrc.ca/openebooks/507-6/

 

In the last several years digital rights have become increasingly prominent in American political and social discourse, but the debate is far from new. While acts like SOPA and PIPA would…

Virtual and Imagined Communities

Virtual and Imagined Communities

The anecdote in the Sangupta article about the call center agent calling the man in California really brought home the idea of how identities can be manipulated, especially with the aid of technology. But, at…

Book Review: My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft

Book Review: My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by Blizzard in 2004. The game itself was based off of their original Warcraft series. The game itself has 4 expansions…

Guided Discussion Handout – Justin and Avery

Guided Discussion Handout – Justin and Avery

Handout PDF

Here is a handout for our discussion today :)

 

 

 

 

Can Andersons formulation of nationalism without nation be instructive to Sengupta’s rupture of identity? Im really interested in what the phenomenon exist (I think Sengupta thinks things exist) that can create conversations…

Identity from Imagined Communities to Virtual Communities

Identity from Imagined Communities to Virtual Communities

Identity from Imagined Communities to Virtual Communities

1) Reading Boyd’s article about MySpace as a digital ghetto and thinking about the digital great white flight and digital ghetto decay made me consider how…

Weekly Post 7: boyd, Anderson, Sengupta

Weekly Post 7: boyd, Anderson, Sengupta

1) Like Alex, while I was reading the article about Myspace and Facebook I was wondering what a discussion around the international use of social networking sites might look like.  For a while I was…

Virtual/Real Communities and Identities

Virtual/Real Communities and Identities

Definitions:

Space: that which we create in and around us by virtue of our embodiment, by virtue of our relationships with other bodies (including objects), and by virtue of practices of representation (digital or otherwise).…

My…Space?

My…Space?

  1. Admittedly, I’m having some trouble getting behind Sengupta’s argument about identity categories and the claiming and deployment of identity as always functioning as a potential weapon of either defense or offense. The call for

Imagined Communities and Identities

Imagined Communities and Identities

Identity is not only ascribed to the body, but also the space in which that body occupies. The victim of certain oppressions can easily go from the oppressed to the aggressor or oppressor. In each…

Weekly Post 7

Weekly Post 7

1: In Boyd’s reading on “white flight” on the internet, I wonder if the phenomenon she documented has occurred in other countries as it seems to have in the United States. I’ve seen a lot…