What is InC?InC is the Innovative Communication research Group at the IT University of Copenhagen. It focuses on
- design and development of interactive technologies in the contexts of prior and emerging cultures of information
- advanced and innovative communication trends
- historical and rhetorical methods of innovation
Category Archives: Of interest
As always, the INC-group is a merry talkative bunch of people:
We miss you guys….come back!!
Within certain quarters of game studies an attempt is being made to make the argument that virtual worlds can serve as laboratories for the study of real-life behavior (pardon the crude distinction). All in all, I think this is a reasonable attempt, but it’s not without its problems.
Anyway, Yee et. al. have an in-press article entitled The Unbearable Likeness of Being Digital: The Persistence of Nonverbal Social Norms in Online Virtual Environments (get it). The authors conclude, among other things, that norms of interaction relating to gender in the physical world get reproduced in Second Life (which I have recently blogged on) based on avatar gender. For those of us in the intersection between games and communication, this research is quite fascinating.
Importantly though, certain Second Life insiders beg strongly to differ.
Yee, N., Bailenson, J. N., Urbanek, M., Chang, F., & Merget, D. (In press). The Unbearable Likeness of Being Digital: The Persistence of Nonverbal Social Norms in Online Virtual Environments. CyberPsychology and Behavior.
Via John Macgregor Wise:
a) pick up a book which is the closest to you at the moment
b) open page 123
c) find the third sentence
d) post it in your Live Journal (plus the instructions)
e) don’t choose the book, just pick up the one closest to you
The one closest is my notebook and it only has 100 pages, turning around I find Adrian Mackenzie: Cutting Code – Software and Sociality, here goes:
“network configuration and management.”
A rather short line, the book is not that long too, but it is very good. N. Kathrine Hayles writes in the paratext on the backcover: “As soon as I finished this book, I turned it over and began reading it a second time; its deep clarity and compelling power demanded nothing less.”