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Welcome to a special new media/video games-themed week from In Media Res http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.orgAll of our curators this week broadly address questions of emerging and converging digital technologies, gaming and virtual simulation initiatives, while approaching these topics from multiple perspectives, including community ethics, expertise, fandom, globalization, marketing, post-colonialism, and second-life virtual communities. Four of our pieces are brand new, while our fifth, by David Parry, was previously published back in June and is now being repurposed to situate it within a larger networked conversation.Please feel free to respond to their comments and add your own thoughts and ideas about the series as well. So, without further adieu, this week’s In Media Res line-up:Monday, July 16, 2007 – Radhika Gajjala (Bowling Green State University) presents: “Global Machinima: Pros and Cons?”Tuesday, July 17, 2007 – Judd Ruggill (University of Arizona) presents: “Geek Love: Technical Expertise as a Source of Computer Game Pleasure”Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – Richard Edwards (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) presents: “Do Agent-avatars Dream of Embodied Sheep? Subjectivity and Subjugation in the Virtual World of Prometeus – The Media Revolution”Thursday, July 19, 2007 – Matthew Payne (University of Texas, Austin) presents: “Video Game Wii-ealism”Friday, July 20, 2007 – David Parry (University of Albany)presents: “Virtual Funeral Crashing”Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a comment.http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.orgIn Media Res is envisioned as an experiment in just one sort of collaborative, multi-modal scholarship that MediaCommons will aim to foster. Its primary goal is to provide a forum for more immediate criticalengagement with media in a manner closer to how we typically experience mediated texts.Each day, a different media scholar will present a 30-second to 3-minute clip accompanied by a 100-150-word impressionistic response. The goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst media scholars and the public about contemporary media scholarship through clips chosen for either their typicality or a-typicality in demonstrating narrative strategies, genre formulations, aesthetic choices, representational practices, institutionalapproaches, fan engagements, etc.Best,Avi Santo----------------------------------------------------------------------Avi Santo, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Communication and Theatre ArtsOld Dominion UniversityNorfolk, Virginia 23529(757) [log in to unmask] Editor: MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Networkhttp://mediacommons.futureofthebook.orgCo-Creator: Flow: Television and Media Culture http://www.flowtv.org
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