Digital Cultures / Discussion Group
Where do Virtual Babies and Digital Ethnography intersect? Besides iRez, they intersect in an ongoing discussion group in Second Life, Digital Cultures. Founded by Tom Boellstorff and hosted by Tredi Felisimo, every other week this group spends an hour in conversation about a topic in Digital Ethnography and related ideas and practice. Today’s topic was Attachment, for which host Felisimo invited new virtual mom Carissa to join the group.
Digital Cultures is a small, engaged group of thoughtful participants. After today’s conversation I invited Carissa to join us and talk a little about her virtual maternity experience and, BAM, Carissa is already a published iRez author! I’ve done a couple of “Tweet Chats” which were interesting, but they tend to have a lot of participants, a lot of tweets, a lot of repetitive retweeting, and while you have to like the Open Web aspects of it, I’m just not certain Twitter is the best platform for a substantive conversation. Or perhaps I’m wrong to think of Tweet Chat in that way, perhaps it isn’t the conversation but the appetizer. In any event, Digital Cultures offers a rich, engaged hour that is more about ideas than most platforms I’ve chatted on. iRez authors Kathleen Cool and Katie Vizenor have both, I believe, been seen at Digital Cultures conversations, although I think they’re both embroiled in writing this winter and may not surface till spring.