Friday, October 26, 2007

WSJ Report: Luring Online Gamers

Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro talks about appealing to the market of Internet video-game player with Andy Yang, general manager of, a new game from IAC/InterActiveCorp.

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TV Report: Online Virtual World Of 'Second Life'

This TV report come from Dallas/Texas based CBS affiliate cbs11tv: Online Virtual World Of 'Second Life'

(Dallas) More than half a million people are living a "Second Life".. A life that can only be found on the internet. Second Life is an online community where real people can be or do anything they want.

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Microsoft Named Exclusive Advertising Partner for Facebook

Ending months of speculation, booming social networking site Facebook has not only signed an exclusive agreement with Microsoft to be its third-party advertising platform, but the world's largest software company has also sweetened the pot by taking a $240 million equity stake in Facebook's next round of financing, pegging its value at $15 billion.

Having already worked with Microsoft for domestic ad sales for the past year through the adCenter platform, Facebook is extending that relationship to its international ad sales as well. Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft, touted his company's investment and the expanded advertising relationship as proof of its belief that social networking and advertising will continue to grow.

"This deal represents a major advertising syndication win for Microsoft, and signals a vote of confidence from one of our largest advertising partners," he said. "The equity stake we are taking in Facebook is a strong statement in our faith in the platform. It reflects that strong vote of confidence."

The deal, signed yesterday, ended speculation in recent days that rival advertising network giant Google had the upper hand in courting Facebook for an exclusive agreement. The strength of Facebook's established partnership with Microsoft won out, according to Owen Van Natta, vice president of operations and chief revenue officer at Facebook.

"We were fortunate to have a lot of folks interested in working with us around advertising, [but] we've been working with Microsoft for about a year now," said Van Natta. "Expanding that relationship beyond the U.S. borders to make it a global relationship was directly in line with that experience."

Van Natta remained cagey however, when discussing whether or not Facebook would integrate any of its users' personal profile information with Microsoft's ad targeting software. He stressed that Facebook does want to provide its users and advertisers with highly relevant advertising, but "at the same time we want to make sure that users don't feel we've violated their trust in any way." He focused instead on the Microsoft platform's ability to provide targeted advertising in general.

"AdCenter is a big platform with massive scale and they do targeting across many sites across the Web," he said. "I would imagine that a lot of the things that Microsoft is able to do on other sites is going to be leveraged on how they do things on Facebook."

Van Natta declined to name any other investors in its financing bid beyond Microsoft's approximately 1.6 percent take, but did say the company intends to use the funding to expand its staff and its international operations. Facebook is already the ninth most visited Web site in the U.S. according to Internet ranking company Hitwise, and has seen a 102 percent increase in users compared to the same time last year.

"We're planning on expanding our employee base dramatically next year. We expect to end the year with over 700 employees," he said. "International has become an incredibly rich area of growth for the company and obviously there are a lot of technical issues that come up with that. We want to have the technical infrastructure that allows us to build around the innovation that we continue to do and provide people with good response time."

With regard to the advertising community, Microsoft's partnership and investment in Facebook may pay off most with regard to Facebook's open platform API play, which allows developers to create applications for its site.

"It gives [Microsoft] a chance to associate with something that is very hot," said David Smith, CEO of Mediasmith, a digital media agency. "A lot of people don't understand the potential impact of widgets. Widgets are potentially the fastest audience accumulation vehicles since television. With Microsoft making this deal, it will bring a lot of attention to the widget marketplace, and it will be advantageous to everybody making widgets."


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Piksel07 - Hello hackability! - november 15-17

-- Hello hackability! --

Piksel07 :: Festival
November 15-18 2007

Piksel07 :: Exhibition
Nov 16 - Dec 16 2007

Piksel[1] is an international event for artists and developers working with open source audiovisual software, hardware & art. Part workshop, part festival, it is organised in Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK) [2] and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of FLOSS & art.

This years event - Piksel07 - continues the exploration of free/libre and open source audiovisual code and it's myriad of expressions, and also investigates further the open hardware theme introduced at Piksel06.

The theme of Piksel07 - Hello hackability! - celebrates hackability as an essential feature which allows for new artistic possibilities in the use of open formats, free software and DIY hardware as creative platforms.

Piksel07 is done in collaboration with Gallery 3,14[3] which will host this years exhibition. Piksel is organised by BEK and a community of core participants including members of collectives,, ap/xxxxx,,, and others.


WORKSHOPS @ Teknikerkroen --

CATkit - build your own 1-bit synth from scratch
Building tangible interfaces with reacTIVision
Open video editing
Transmitting Object Behaviors
Arduino + PureData = VJ !

EXHIBITIONS @ Galleri 3,14, Lydgalleriet & USF --

Tim Vets (BE), Erki De Vries (BE), Ralph Kistler (DE/ES), Olle Corneer (SE), Martin Lubcke (SE), Christian Horgren (SE), Gregory Shakar (US), Paul Magee (UK), Daniel Palacios Jimenez (BR/ES), Emanuel Andel (AT), Dominique Leroy (FR), Julien Ottavi (FR), Christian Guetzer (AT), Andrew Bucksbarg (US), Jean-Pierre Gauthier (CA), Casperelectronics (US), Gijs Gieskes (NL), Audun Eriksen (NO)

SEMINAR @ StudioUSF --

speculative 12 hour life coding event (organising hardware and software)

Jessica Rylan (US), Roman Kirschner (AT/DE), Otto Roessler (AT/DE), Jonathan Kemp (UK), Martin Howse (UK/DE), Yunchul Kim (KR/DE), Olaf Val (DE), Nancy Mauro-Flude (NL), Eva Verhoeven (NL), Ludic Society (AT), Paolo Cirio (IT), Stewart Home (UK), Alejandra Perez Nunez (ES), Bjorn Magnhildoen (NO)

PRESENTATIONS @ Teknikerkroen & StudioUSF --

reacTIVision, CREATE USB Interface, dIY noise masks and toys, Circuit Bending, ASNakedGene, xinf (is not flash), PortAudio, Time line OSC sequencer, PDVjTools, JackBytes,, Distributed Revision Control with GIT, GISS + Theora Streaming Studio, beTV, David Cuartielles, /etc/groups, FLOSS+Art/people.makeart, PD VjTools, Kaos a.k.a. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Hell

LIVE PERFORMANCES @ Teknikerkroen & StudioUSF

Lasse Marhaug (NO), Georg Holzmann (AT), Jan Carleklev (SE), Yves Degoyon (FR/ES), Alejandra Perez Nunez (CL/ES), Malte Steiner (DE), Zosen (AR/ES), Gisle Fr0ysland (NO), Aymeric Mansoux (FR), Marloes de valk (NL), Tom Schouten (BE), Claude Heiland-Allen (UK), Loud Objects (US), Mikmo (DK), casperelectronics (US), Gijs Gieskes (NL), Yes Robot (ES), A tie is a noose (NO), Kentaro Fukutchi (JP)


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A Foucault for the 21st Century - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

April 16 and 17, 2008
University of Massachusetts Boston

A Foucault for the 21st Century: Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium

Keynote speakers include:
James Bernauer (Boston College)
Charles Lemert (Wesleyan University)

How relevant is Foucault’s social thought to the world we inhabit today?

Foucault is best remembered for his historical inquiries into the origins of “disciplinary” society in a period extending from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Today, however, under the conditions of global modernity, the relevance of his contribution is often called into question.

With the increasing ubiquity of markets, the break up of centralized states and the dissolution of national boundaries, the world today seems far removed from the bounded, disciplinary
societies Foucault described in his most famous books.

Far from disciplinary, society today is “post panoptic,” as Nancy Fraser has argued — in a move which seems to confirm Jean Baudrillard’s demand that we “forget Foucault.”

Yet in recent years, it has become apparent that Foucault’s thoughts on modern society have not been exhausted, and, indeed, that much remains to be explored.

While ripples from his initial impact on English speaking scholarship are still evident in such areas as the study of discourse, sexuality, the body and institutions, it is undeniably the case that new threads of Foucauldian influence have also become available.

For example, his reflections on “governmentality” have by now garnered a rich scholarly focus on the conditions of personal life under the economic liberalism. His work on “biopower” has opened new terrain for political and activist discourse on globalization and population.

His accounts of panopticism and surveillance have proven relevant to the study of
contemporary policing practices in a post 9/11 world.

Indeed, it could be argued that, in the new millennium, new threads of Foucauldian thought have emerged, enabling richer understandings of power and subjectivity under uniquely contemporary conditions.

The aim of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Social Theory Forum, to be held on April 16-17, 2008, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is to weigh in on the relevance of Foucault’s ideas in the context of a new millennium, and to reassess Foucault’s contributions to contemporary social theory in light of these developments.

We invite papers from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective, addressing the contemporary application of Foucault to contemporary social life and social theory.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Governmentality and Neo-liberalism
Political Spirituality and Contemporary Religious Movements
Biopolitics, Globalization and Populations
Race, Genetics and the Politics of Life
Ethics, Biopower and the Politics of Consumption
Panopticism and Surveillance in a Post 9/11 World
Governmentality, Biopower and the Politics of Risk
Subpolitics, Life Politics and New Social Movements
Foucault and the Left in a Global Context
Foucault and the Penal-Industrial Complex
Ethics, Identity and Individualization

The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers and presentations, as well as audiovisual materials. Please send a one-page abstract or proposal as email attachment (MS Word Format) in duplicate to and, by January 11, 2008.

Proceedings of the conference will be peer-reviewed by anonymous referees for possible publication in a special issue of The Discourse of Sociological Practice, the printed and online journal of the Department of Sociology at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Jorge Capetillo-Ponce (initial contact for inquiries)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston

Glenn Jacobs
Associate Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston

Panagiota Gounari
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, UMASS Boston

Siamak Movahedi
Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston

Samuel Binkley
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emerson College

About the Social Theory Forum

Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Histories of sociology tell us how the discipline was formed in the nineteenth century struggles to understand the combined upheavals of socio-political revolutions and the industrial revolution that gradually expanded throughout the world. These events radically changed the established order and posed various questions that are still with us today: questions about class, race, community, gender, the nature of social integration, and processes of social change, among others. But as we all know, the world again changed radically during the twentieth century, with great implications for social theory.

The Social Theory Forum (STF) is an annual conference organized jointly by the sociology and other departments, interested faculty and students at University of Massachusetts Boston, in order to creatively explore, develop, promote, and publish cross-disciplinary social theory in an applied and critical framework. STF offers faculty and students of UMass Boston and other area colleges and universities an interactive medium to discuss various aspects of the way in which particular theoretical traditions can be relevant to present everyday issues, as well as to the current state and the future of social theory.

STF’s goals are:
To critically engage with and evaluate classical and contemporary social theories in a cross-disciplinary and comparative cross-cultural framework in order to develop new integrative theoretical structures and practices; To foster individual and collective self-reflexivity in exploring social theories in global and world-historical contexts to aid people effectively address social problems; To foster an interactive and dialogical learning experience and research in theory within and across faculty, students, and community divides on and off campus; To foster exchange of ideas open to constructive and integrative exploration of diverse and conflicting viewpoints, modes of thinking, and world-views; To foster theoretical education and research within a praxis-oriented and applied sociological framework capable of addressing concrete issues arising from intrapersonal, interpersonal, and global contexts; To foster theoretical education and research as practices of freedom in favor of transformative and emancipatory personal and global experience.

Correspondence address
Attn.: Social Theory Forum
Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard.,
Boston, MA 02125

Models of Identity in Science Fiction - Call for Papers

Call For Papers: Models of Identity in Science Fiction

International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

Orlando, FL March 19-23, 2008

We live in a world where identity is an increasingly complex issue. As our awareness of ethnic, gendered, and class-based identity (among others) increases, our understanding of how these fit together must also change. Whenever we encounter those different from ourselves, we are forced to come to terms with this difference and incorporate it into our world view in some way.

Characters in science fiction, however, encounter the ultimate versions of “the other” in alien creatures and species. As a result, issues of identity construction and difference are of particular importance in these texts, and they must present ever more intricate schemes for making sense of an existence that is both increasingly multicultural and multispecies.

Encountering these “ultimate others” requires not just a greater degree of acceptance but a revision of identity as a general concept. What does it mean to be an individual when you are surrounded sentient computers, alien species, and cyborgs? In these cases, the very existence of and relationship between existing categories and concepts must change.

This panel will focus on how identity is constructed, particularly in the “big picture” sense: in terms of organizational schemes, theories of identity, and models for interaction. A variety of approaches and subjects are welcome, but possible paper topics could include:

network theory

Please send a 100-200 abstract and a brief bio to by October 29th.

Mike S. DuBose
"too bad Baudrillard isn't around anymore. I hope somebody had the foresight to cryogenically freeze his head" --D. Heckman

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society -- Conference Announcement

The 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 08) will be held June 26-28 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

ISTAS is the annual symposium of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (

The theme for ISTAS 08 is: Citizens, Groups, Communities and Information and Communication Technologies.

The scope of ISTAS 08 will include research on:

- How citizens, groups and communities are or could be linked with information and communication technologies (ICT); and
- Designing and developing ICT with and for citizens, groups and communities.

ISTAS 08 will be a multi-disciplinary event for researchers in engineering, computer science, social sciences, arts and humanities; as well as community-based researchers, policy makers and technology user communities.

Papers and discussions will address both the social and technical aspects of the specific topics.

The National Research Council Canada Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT) is the conference host.

Additional information can be found at:

Important dates
- Submission deadline: December 17, 2007
- Notification of acceptance: Feb 15, 2008
- Final camera-ready paper due: April 4th, 2008
- Author registration deadline (so that the author's paper will be included in proceedings): April 11, 2008
- Last day for early registration: April 11, 2008
- Conference: June 26-28, 2008

ICQI 2008 - Call for Papers for Panel(s)

Applying and Extending Qualitative Inquiry to Internet Research

As the number of academic studies utilizing qualitative research methods on internet data has increased, so have the questions and issues surrounding how one does research in/on online sites.

Experienced researchers and novices grapple with multiple issues as they adapt, modify, and develop various research methods to online venues including chatrooms, instant messaging, blogs, social utilities, webpages, games, and 3-D virtual worlds such as Second Life. How does one identify sites for one's study? What sampling procedures work best? What software is to be used in internet research? What are the benefits and weaknesses of using particular methods? What issues arise when adapting a particular qualitative method for use in/on an online site?

We call for abstracts and papers that address these issues for a panel or series of panels, at The Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2008) - Ethics, Evidence and Social Justice ( that will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from May 14-17, 2008.

In particular, we are interested in presentations that look at qualitative methods and the difficulties researchers encounter as they do or have done internet research. Our focus is not on results; rather we are looking for colleagues interested in sharing knowledge and discussing challenges of the "nuts and bolts" of internet research.

The list of qualitative methods to consider includes but is not limited to:

- Discourse analysis
- Ethnography
- Interviews and surveys
- Narratives and biographies

Interested parties should email 1000 character (approximately 150 words) abstracts for each paper or presentation by November 15, 2007 to the organizers.

Please include the following information for each author with your submission: Author's Name, Department, University, Address including City, State/Province, ZIP/Post Code, Country (if not US, please specify if you need a visa for travel), Telephone/Fax, E-mail.

Lois Ann Scheidt and Inna Kouper (Organizers)
Doctoral Students
School of Library and Information Science
Indiana University
lscheidt at indiana dot edu
inkouper at indiana dot edu

Virtual Worlds, Real Ad Dollars


Kids and marketers enter pixellated space.

Ad spending is likely to increase substantially as more kids and teens spend time in virtual worlds and as more marketers create campaigns for those environments.

Parks Associates estimated in June 2007 that $15 million was spent advertising in virtual worlds in the United States in 2006 and projected that it would rise tenfold to $150 million in 2012. The figures did not include marketer-branded virtual worlds. They also did not include other revenue sources, such as micro-transactions or subscription fees.

"Second Life has received the most attention from marketers, but traffic levels there are dwarfed by those at virtual worlds that are specifically aimed at children and teenagers," said Debbie Williamson, senior analyst at eMarketer.

Parks includes virtual worlds in its video game ad spending estimates. It estimated that marketers spent $370 million in the US on video game advertising of all types in 2006, making virtual worlds about 4% of the total market.

Another perspective on virtual world ad spending can be gained by looking at revenues for MMOG games, such as World of Warcraft.

According to Screen Digest, the total market for MMOG games in North America and Europe reached $1 billion in 2006, with 87% of revenues coming from subscription fees and the remainder from e-commerce and advertising. In North America and Europe, subscription revenues were $875 million in 2006.

Factoring out subscription revenue, it amounts to $125 million in e-commerce and ad revenue for MMOG games in the two continents.

The growth of virtual world ad spending will be tied closely to the growth of video game spending and social network spending.

eMarketer estimates that marketers will spend $1 billion worldwide in 2007 on advertising within video games, including static, dynamic and rich media ads, product placement and advergames. The figure excludes mobile games.

"In the short term, the high development costs of creating an advertising presence in virtual worlds will weed out those who want to dip in and out with simple ads such as banners," Ms. Williamson said.

"Much of the current revenue at social network sites comes from this kind of advertising, which is far easier to buy and does not require extensive development work," she said.

What's on the Internet Tonight?


Small screen ads for the smaller screen.

Americans have not abandoned their televisions, but some are moving their viewing to a different screen.

About 16% of US Internet households watch TV broadcasts online, according to The Conference Board and TNS. Respondents said that TV on the Internet had replaced news programs as their most widely viewed online content.

“Although online TV viewing is still not a widespread phenomenon, the proportion of users has increased since 2006 and is likely to increase over time, given consumers’ love for entertainment,” said Lynn Franco, director of consumer research at The Conference Board, in a statement.

Consumers who watched TV online said it was convenient and helped them avoid commercials.
Online video of all types is unlikely to bite into US TV viewing time, according to Paul Verna, senior analyst at eMarketer.

"Rather than a wholesale shift in viewership from TV to the new-media channels, both media will actually grow in the next several years," Mr. Verna said. "Internet video will entrench itself in the content mainstream, right alongside TV, albeit not in such pervasive numbers."

According to eMarketer projections, by 2011 there will be 200 million broadband Internet users. Of them, 183 million, or 91%, will watch online videos.

As eMarketer mentioned in February, NBC's "Rewind" online video player complements consumer TV viewing instead of substituting for it.

For marketers, online video and TV viewing can be even more complementary.

A March 2007 comScore analysis of TV and online video viewing habits concluded that the Internet’s primetime block occurs between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. This segues neatly into the standard TV primetime schedule of 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., offering marketers an opportunity to tailor their messages accordingly.

“Marketers have a great opportunity to leverage Internet video in conjunction with their traditional TV buy and essentially double their 'primetime' commercial airing hours,” said Erin Hunter, executive vice president of media and entertainment solutions at comScore, in a statement.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Popular Music Studies - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Popular Music Studies: Problems, Disputes, Questions, University of Glasgow, 12-14 September 2008.

The biennial conference of the UK and Ireland branch of IASPM will be hosted by the Department of Music at the University of Glasgow between 12 and 14 September 2008.

Conference Theme

The aim of this conference is to address the issues that have in recent years excited most conversation and disagreement among IASPM members. Papers are invited on three topics in particular.

Music and National Identity

When, if ever, can music usefully be described in national terms? (English or Scottish folk? Welsh or Irish rock?) What are the problems of national music policies? Should popular music studies reject the concept of the nation entirely? Are concepts of 'ethnic' or 'hybrid' music any more valid? How is the nation gendered within popular music?

Popular Music Theory

Does popular music studies 'lack theory'? What sort of theory do we need? What are the most useful theoretical concepts in the field? Which the most redundant? Has gender been under-theorised within Popular Music Studies? What is or should be the relationship between academic/theoretical approaches to popular music and vocational/practical approaches?

The Musical Experience

What is a musical experience? How are people's responses to music determined? How/why do they change over time? How does gender impact on the musical experience? What can we learn about musical subjectivity and response from psychologists of music? Is popular music necessarily a source of pleasure?


Paper proposals are invited on these topics-and on any other issue of popular music debate. Proposals will be welcomed from any perspective, using any methodology and addressing any kind of music.

Papers should last for 20 minutes and the conference organisers will be asking chairs to keep to this limit.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers at the conference will include Professor Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Allan Moore (University of Surrey) in debate, and Bill Drummond (formerly of the KLF). In addition John Williamson (manager of Belle and Sebastian) will present a discussion of the Glasgow music scene with local musicians.

Social Events

The conference will feature a Civic Reception at Glasgow City Halls and a Saturday evening social at a local venue.

Other Information

Glasgow has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the UK, having in the past few years produced acts such as Snow Patrol, Franz Ferdinand and The Fratellis. It has a great range of venues including The Barrowland Ballroom, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, the Academy, the ABC, Barfly, the Garage, the (Renfrew) Ferry, the Royal Concert Hall and the SECC. It also boasts a highly diverse music scene with significant dance, country and western and folk scenes. For more information see:

The conference will be located at the University of Glasgow which is located in the West End of the City. This location is host to a range of excellent restaurants, bars, pubs and venues all of which are in walking distance of the venue.

Organising Committee

A local Organising Committee has been established consisting of:

Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow
Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh)
Raymond MacDonald (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Mark Percival (Queen Margaret University)
John Williamson (University of Glasgow)

Submitting Proposals

Proposals should include the name and contact details (email) of the proposer, the tile of the proposal and an abstract of no more than 150 words. Please send proposals to Martin Cloonan - The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2008.


The conference website will be updated regularly. It can be found at:

File sharers may risk identity theft

Experts say some P2P users are being tripped up by a default setting in file-sharing software, which if not turned off when downloaded, may open up one's entire hard drive to prying eyes. Sites such as LimeWire say they have taken steps to alert users to the risks of inadvertently sharing confidential information.

ATT to Offer Napster Music Catalog

ATT is making Napster entire music catalog of more than 5 million songs available for wireless download starting early next month.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Overview of Social Network Site Research

Original List can be found here.

Research on Social Network Sites


Acquisti, Alessandro and Ralph Gross. (2006). Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook. In P. Golle & G. Danezis (Eds.), Proceedings of 6th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (pp. 36-58). Cambridge, U.K: Robinson College, June 28-30.

Adamic, Lada, Orkut Buyukkokten, and Eytan Adar. (2003). A social network caught in the Web. First Monday, 8 (6).

Andrejevic, Mark. (2005) The work of watching one another: Lateral surveillance, risk and governance. Surveillance & Society 2 (4): 479-497

Backstrom, Lars, Dan Huttenlocher, Jon Kleinberg, & Xiangyang Lan. (2006). Group Formation in Large Social Networks: Membership, Growth, and Evolution. Proceedings of 12 th International Conference on Knowledge Discovery in Data Mining (KDD-2006) (pp. 44-54). New York: ACM Press.

Barnes, Susan. (2006). A privacy paradox: Social networking in the United States. First Monday 11 (9), July 2006.

Baym, Nancy. (2007). The new shape of online community: The example of Swedish independent music fandom. First Monday, 12 (8).

Bigge, Ryan. (2006). The cost of (anti-)social networks: Identity, agency and neo-luddites. First Monday 11 (12), December 2006.

boyd, danah. (2008, Forthcoming). Facebook's Privacy Trainwreck: Exposure, Invasion, and Social Convergence. Convergence 14 (1), February 2008. (request paper via email)

boyd, danah. (Forthcoming) Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life. In David Buckingham (Ed.), Youth, Identity, and Digital Media (pp. 119-142). Cambridge: MIT Press.

boyd, danah. (Forthcoming) None of this is Real. In Joe Karaganis (Ed.), Structures of Participation. New York: Social Science Research Council.

boyd, danah. (2007). Social Network Sites: Public, Private, or What? Knowledge Tree 13, May 2007.

boyd, danah. (2007). The Significance of Social Software. BlogTalks Reloaded: Social Software Research & Cases (ed. Thomas N. Burg and Jan Schmidt). Norderstedt. 2007. pp 15-30.

boyd, danah. (2006). Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace Top 8: Writing Community Into Being on Social Network Sites. First Monday. 11 (12), December.

boyd, danah and Jeffrey Heer. (2006). Profiles as Conversation: Networked Identity Performance on Friendster. Proceedings of Thirty-Ninth Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-39), Persistent Conversation Track. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Press. Kauai, HI, January 4 - 7.

boyd, danah. (2004). Friendster and Publicly Articulated Social Networks. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2004) (pp. 1279-1282). New York: ACM Press. Vienna, April 24-29.

Byrne, Dara. (2007). The Future of (the) 'Race': Identity, Discourse and the Rise of Computer-mediated Public Spheres. In A. Everett (Ed.), MacArthur Foundation Book Series on Digital Learning: Race and Ethnicity Volume (pp. 15-38).

Charnigo, Laurie and Paula Barnett-Ellis. (2007, March). Checking Out The Impact of a Digital Trend on Academic Libraries. Information Technology and Libraries, 26 (1), p. 23.

Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong. (2006). Living in Cyworld : Contextualising Cy-Ties in South Korea. In A. Bruns & J. Jacobs (Eds.), Use of Blogs (Digital Formations) (pp. 173-186). New York: Peter Lang.

Dickman, K., Dutton, E., Gioia, C., Oberhausen, L., & Ravensberg, B. (2006). Facebook and college students' development of mature relationships. Journal of the Indiana University Student Personnel Association.

Donath, Judith and danah boyd. (2004). Public displays of connection. BT Technology Journal, 22 (4), 71-82.

Dwyer, Cathy. (2007). Digital Relationships in the 'MySpace' Generation: Results From a Qualitative Study. 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Waikoloa, HI.

Dwyer, Catherine, Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Katia Passerini (2007). Trust and Privacy Concern Within Social Networking Sites: A Comparison ofFacebook and MySpace. Proceedings of AMCIS 2007, Keystone, CO.

Ellison, Nicole, Charles Steinfield, and Cliff Lampe. (2006). The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12 (3), article 1.

Fono, David & Raynes-Goldie, Kate. (2006) Hyperfriends and Beyond: Friendship and Social Norms on LiveJournal. In M. Consalvo & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), Internet Research Annual Volume 4: Selected Papers from the AOIR Conference (pp. 91-103). New York: Peter Lang.

Fragoso, Suely. (2006). WTF a Crazy Brazilian Invasion. In F. Sudweeks & H. Hrachovec (Eds.), Proceedings of CATaC 2006 (pp. 255-274) . Murdoch, Australia: Murdoch University. Tartu. Murdoch - Australia: School of Information Technology - Murdoch University. v. 1. p. 255-274.

Gajjala, R (2007) Shifting Frames: Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Communication in Online Social Networking and Virtual Work. In Hinner, Michael B. (ed.) The Role of Communication in Business Transactions and Relationships. New York: Peter Lang, 257-276.

Golder, Scott, Dennis Wilkinson, and Bernardo Huberman. (2007). Rhythms of Social Interaction: Messaging within a Massive Online Network. In C. Steinfield, B. Pentland, M. Ackerman, & N. Contractor (Eds.), Proceedings of Third International Conference on Communities and Technologies (pp. 41-66). London: Springer. East Lansing, MI.

Gross, Ralph and Alessandro Acquisti. (2005). Information Revelation and Privacy in Online Social Networks. Proceedings of WPES'05 (pp. 71-80). Alexandria, VA: Association of Computing Machinery.

Heer, Jeffrey and danah boyd. (2005). Vizster: Visualizing Online Social Networks. IEEE Proceedings of Symposium on Information Visualization (InfoVis 2005) (pp. 33-40) . Minneapolis, MN: IEEE Press. Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 23-25.

Herring, Susan C., John C. Paolillo, Irine Ramos-Vielba, Inna Kouper, Elijah Wright, Sharon Stoerger, Lois Ann Scheidt, and Benjamin Clark. (2007). Language networks on LiveJournal. Proceedings of the Fortieth Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-2007). Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Press.

Hewitt, Anne and Andrea Forte. (2006). Crossing Boundaries: Identity Management and Student/Faculty Relationships on the Facebook. Poster presented at CSCW, Banff, Alberta.
Hjorth, Larissa. (2008, forthcoming). Home and away: a case study of Cyworld mini-hompy by Korean students studying abroad in Australia. Asian Studies Review, The Internet in East Asia special issue (ed) Anne McLaren.

Hjorth, Larissa and Mori Yuji. (2008). Logging on locality: A cross-cultural case study of virtual communities Mixi (Japan) and Mini-hompy (Korea). In B. Smaill (Ed.), Youth and Media in the Asia Pacific . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hjorth, Larissa and Heewon Kim (2005). Being There and Being Here: Gendered Customising of Mobile 3G Practices Through a Case Study in Seoul. Convergence 11 (2), 49-55.

Hodge, Matthew J. (2006). The Fourth Amendment and privacy issues on the "new" internet: and Southern Illinois University Law Journal, 31.

Hogan, Bernie (2008 Forthcoming) Analyzing Social Networks via the Internet. In N. Fielding, R. Lee, & G. Blank (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Online Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hsu, William H., Joseph Lancaster, Martin S.R. Paradesi, & Tim Weninger. (2007). Structural link analysis from user profiles and friends networks: a feature construction approach. Proceedings of ICWSM-2007 . Boulder, CO, 75-80.

Jagatic, T., Johnson, N., Jakobsson, M., & Menczer, F. (in press). Social phishing. Communications of the ACM.

Kapoor, Nishikant, Joseph Konstan, & Loren Terveen. (2005). How Peer Photos Influence Member Participation in Online Communities. Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005, April 2–7, 2005, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Kumar, Ravi, Jasmine Novak, & Andrew Tomkins. (2006) Structure and evolution of online social networks. Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Knowledge Discovery in Data Mining (KDD-2006) (pp. 611-617). New York: ACM Press. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 20–23, 2006.

Lampe, Cliff, Ellison, Nicole, and Steinfeld, Charles. (2007). A Familiar Face(book): Profile Elements as Signals in an Online Social Network. Proceedings of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2007) (pp. 435-444). New York: ACM Press. San Jose, CA.

Lampe, Cliff, Ellison, Nicole, and Steinfeld, Charles. (2006). A face(book) in the crowd: social searching vs. social browsing. Proceedings of CSCW-2006 (pp. 167-170). New York: ACM Press. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Liben-Nowell, David, Jasmine Novak, Ravi Kumar, Prabhakar Raghavan, and Andrew Tomkins. (2005) Geographic routing in social networks. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences , 102 (33) 11,623-11,628.

Liu, Hugo, Pattie Maes, Glorianna Davenport. (2006). Unraveling the taste fabric of social networks. International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems 2(1), 42-71, Hershey, PA: Idea Academic Publishers.

Madison, Michael J. (2006). Social Software, Groups, and Governance. Michigan State Law Review, pp. 153-191.

Mazer, J. P., Murphy, R. E., and Simonds, C. J. (2007). I'll See You On "Facebook": The Effects of Computer-Mediated Teacher Self-Disclosure on Student Motivation, Affective Learning, and Classroom Climate. Communication Education 56 (1), 1-17.

Paolillo, John C. and Elijah Wright. (2005). Social network analysis on the semantic web: Techniques and challenges for visualizing foaf. In V. Geroimenko & C. Chen (Eds.), Visualizing the Semantic Web (pp. 229-242). Berlin: Springer.

Pearson, Erika. (2007) Digital gifts: Participation and gift exchange in LiveJournal communities. First Monday 12 (5).

Perkel, Dan. (forthcoming). Copy and Paste Literacy? Literacy Practices in the Production of a MySpace Profile. In Drotner, Kirsten, Hans Siggard Jensen, and Kim Schroeder (eds). Informal Learning and Digital Media: Constructions, Contexts, Consequences. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Preibusch, Soren, Bettina Hoser, Seda Gürses, & Bettina Berendt. (2007). Ubiquitous social networks ? opportunities and challenges for privacy-aware user modelling. Proceedings of the Workshop on Data Mining for User Modelling at UM 2007, Corfu, Greece, June 2007.

Recuero, Raquel. (2005). O Capital Social em Redes Sociais na Internet. Revista FAMECOS , 28 , 88-106. (Social Capital in Internet Social Networks) (in Portuguese) This paper compares social capital found in five Orkut Brazilian communities and social capital found in five weblog communities. It is based on a 2 year qualitative research about weblog communities and orkut communities.

Recuero, Raquel. (2005). Um estudo do capital social gerado a partir das Redes Sociais no Orkut e nos Weblogs. Trabalho apresentado no GT de Tecnologias da Comunicacao e da Informacao da COMPOS 2005, em Niteroi/RJ. (in Portuguese)

Recuero, Raquel. (2004). Teoria das Redes e Redes Sociais na Internet: Considerações sobre o Orkut, os Weblogs e os Fotologs. In: XXVII Intercom, 2004, Porto Alegre. Anais do XXVII Intercom, 2004. (Network Theory and Social Networks in the Internet: Considerations about Orkut, Fotologs and Weblogs) (in Portuguese) This paper is about orkut's social appropriation by Brazilians. It is my first paper dealing with social neworks and network theory. It is more of an essay about how much of "new network's theory" (Barabási, Watts, Newman, Adamic and so on) could be qualitative observed within orkut, weblogs and fotologs.

Skog, D. (2005). Social interaction in virtual communities: The significance of technology. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 1 (4), 464-474.

Snyder, Johnny, Don Carpenter, & Gayla Jo Slauson. (2006). a social networking site and social contract theory. Dallas, TX: ISECON 23.

Spertus, Ellen, Mehran Sahami and Orkut Buyukkokten. (2005). Evaluating similarity measures: a large-scale study in the orkut social network. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Knowledge Discovery in Data Mining (KDD-2005) (pp. 678-684).

Stutzman, Frederic. (2006). An Evaluation of Identity-Sharing Behavior in Social Network Communities. Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association, 3 (1), 10-18.
Walther, Joseph B., Brandon Van Der Heide, Sang-Yeon Kim, David Westerman, Stephanie TomTong, and Lindsey Langwell. (in press). The Role of Friends' Appearance and Behavior on Evaluations of Individuals on Facebook: Are We Known by the Company We Keep? Human Communication Research.

Conference Talk Papers:

boyd, danah. (2006). G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide. O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, San Diego, CA. March 6.

boyd, danah. (2006). Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace. Talk as AAAS 2006 (part of panel: "It's 10PM: Do You Know Where Your Children Are ... Online!"). St. Louis, Missouri: February 19.

Geidner, Nicholas W., Flook, Christopher A., & Bell, Mark W. (2007, April). Masculinity and online social networks: Male self-identification on Paper presented at Eastern Communication Association 98th Annual Meeting, Providence, RI.

Marwick, Alice. 2005. 'I'm a Lot More Interesting than a Friendster Profile': Identity Presentation, Authenticity and Power in Social Networking Services. Paper presented at AOIR 6.0, Chicago, IL.

Nyland, Rob and Chris Near (2007). Jesus is My Friend: Religiosity as a Mediating Factor in Internet Social Networking Use. Paper presented at AEJMC Midwinter Conference, Reno, NV, February 23-24.

Perkel, Dan. (2006). Copy and Paste Literacy: Literacy Practices in the Production of a MySpace Profile. Informal Learning and Digital Media. Odense Denmark: September 21-23.
Zinman, Aaron and Judith Donath. (2007). Is Britney Spears Spam? Paper presented at the Fourth Conference on Email and Anti-Spam (CEAS 2007), Mountain View, CA, August 2-3, 2007.

Trade Books

Rosen, Larry. (2007). Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation. Palgrave Macmillan.
Unpublished, Works in Progress

Gajjala, Radhika. (in review) Production of Raced and Classed Selves as (Stereotypical) Interface: Social Networks at the Intersection of Online/Offline, Global/Local. Cultural Studies Reader - edited by Michael Ryan.

Rochau, M., Wobido, N., Mastilo, T., Pent, K., & Chapman, M. (2006) Ourspace: an investigation into the mediated social networks of danish teenagers. Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark. Project Report.

Rosen, L.D., Cheever, N.A., Carrier, L.M. (2007). The Impact of Parental Attachment Style, Limit Setting and Monitoring on Teen MySpace Behavior.

Thelwall, Michael. (2007). Social Networks, gender and friending: An analysis of MySpace member profiles.

Thellwall, Michael (in review). Fk yea I swear: Cursing and gender in MySpace.
Web-Only Related Material

boyd, danah and Henry Jenkins. (2006, May 26). Discussion: MySpace and Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA). MIT Tech Talk.

boyd, danah. (2006, March 21). Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad? Apophenia Blog.
Theses and School Papers

Bumgarner, Brett A. (2006). You have been poked: Exploring the uses and gratifications of Facebook among emerging adults. Unpublished Bachelor's Honors Thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Hidalgo, Diego. (2007). Online Social Networks: Social Relations and Mediated Communication. Master's Thesis. University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology.

Jones, Harvey and Jose Hiram Soltren. (2005). Facebook: Threats to Privacy. MIT 6.805/STS085

Kelsic, Eric D. (2005). Understanding complex networks with community-finding algorithms. SURF 2005 final report, Cal-Tech.

Lehtinen, Vilma (2007). Maintaining and Extending Social Networks in IRC-galleria. Master's Thesis. University of Helsinki, Department of Social Psychology.

Scharmen, Fred (2006, May). You Must Be Logged In To Do That! Yale Arch 752b
Schelling, Jasper. (2007). Social Network Visualization. Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Vanden Boogart, M. R. (2006). Uncovering the social impacts of facebook on a college campus. Unpublished Master of Science Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

videovortex: responses to youtube, conference (amsterdam, january 18-19)

Institute of Network Cultures
Video Vortex International Conference, January 18-19 2008
Location: PostCS11, Amsterdam

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Full conference program:

Confirmed speakers: Nora Barry, Tilman Baumgartel, Geoffrey Bowker, Dominick Chen, Sarah Cook, Stefaan Decostere, Thomas Elsaesser, Pavlos Hatzopoulos, Marscha Kinder, Patrick Lichty, Matthew Mitchem, Dan Oki, Ana Peraica, Emma Quinn, Florian Schneider, Tom Sherman, Jan Simons, Valentin Spirik, Tal Sterngast, Thomas Thiel and Andreas Treske.

Themes: Online Video Aesthetics, Cinema and Narrativity, Participatory Culture, Alternative Platforms and Software, Curating Online Video and Video Slamming (evening program).


In response to the increasing potential for video to become a significant form of personal media on the Internet, this conference examines the key issues that are emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video content. What are artists and activists responses to the popularity of ‘user-generated content’ websites? Is corporate backlash imminent?

After years of talk about digital conversions and crossmedia platforms we are now witnessing the merger of the Internet and television at a pace that no one predicted. For the baby boom generation, that currently forms the film and television establishment, the media organisations and conglomerates, this unfolds as a complete nightmare. Not only because of copyright issues but increasingly due to the shift of audience to vlogging and video-sharing websites as part of the development of a broader participatory culture.

The Video Vortex conference aims to contextualize these latest developments through presenting continuities and discontinuities in the artistic, activist and mainstream perspective of the last few decades. Unlike the way online video presents itself as the latest and greatest, there are long threads to be woven into the history of visual art, cinema and documentary production. The rise of the database as the dominant form of storing and accessing cultural artifacts has a rich tradition that still needs to be explored. The conference aims to raise the following questions:

- How are people utilising the potential to independently produce and distribute independent video content on the Internet?

- What are the alternatives to the proprietary standards currently being developed?

- What are the commercial objectives that mass media is imposing on user-generated content and video-sharing databases?

- What is the underlying economics of online video in the age of unlimited uploads?

- How autonomous are vloggers within the broader domain of mass media? How are cinema, television and video art being affected by the development of a ubiquitous online video practice?

- What type of aesthetic and narrative issues does the database pose for online video practice?

The closing night will feature live acts, performances and lectures under the banner of video slamming. We will trace the history from short film to one-minute videos to the first experiments with streaming media and online video, along with exploring the way VJs and media artists are accessing and using online archives.

Video Vortex is a collaboration of the Institute of Network Cultures with Argos Brussels and the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam, featuring a series of international events.

See for more information, or contact conference producer Shirley Niemans, shirley(at)

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New Book: The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation and Self

The new book The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation and Self is the first edited collection focused on the subject of the themed space. Twelve authors address a range of themed spaces, including restaurants, casinos, theme parks and other spaces like airports and virtual reality ones. The text is organized into four sections-theming as authenticity, theming as nation, theming as person and theming as mind.

Table Of Contents:

- The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self (Scott A. Lukas)

- Torque: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, and Authentic Feelings in the Smoky Mountains (Melissa Jane Hardie)

- Luna Park's Fantasy World and Deamland's White City: Fire Spectacles at Coney Island as Elemental Performativity (Lynn Sally)

- From Downtown to Theme Town: Reinventing America's Smaller Historic Retail Districts (Thomas W. Paradis)

- Theming as a Sensory Phenomenon: Discovering the Senses on the Las Vegas Strip (Scott A. Lukas)

- The Landscape of Power: Imagineering Consumer Behavior at China's Theme Parks (Hai Ren)

- Theming Mythical Africa at The Lost City (Jeanne van Eeden)

- Leisure Space: Thematic Style and Cultural Exclusion in Casablanca (Bahiyyih Maroon)

- "Above Us Only Sky": Themes, Simulations, and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (Peter Adey)

- Love Hotels: Sex and the Rhetoric of Themed Spaces (Derek Foster)

- How the Theme Park Gets Its Power: Lived Theming, Social Control, and the Themed Worker Self (Scott Lukas)

- Behind-the-Scenes Space: Promoting Production in a Landscape of Consumption (Ann Brigham)

- The Experience of a Lifestyle (Brian Lonsway)

- Themed Environments and Virtual Spaces: Video Games, Violent Play, and Digital Enemies (Talmadge Wright)

- A Politics of Reverence and Irreverence: Social Discourse on Theming Controversies (Scott A. Lukas)