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This is a slight experiment. I keep a writing journal which is often too personal too share. It also often contains little nuggets or amusing anecdotes. From time to time, I may give them a longer lease on life here.
From today’s Academic Ladder:
I am back home. Need to do five sessions today. Got final, final confirmation from co-author that today is last moment to produce paper for big wig, or, in spanish, i think, peluque enorme? Had a nice few days off, off as I talked to my father and got some of his stories recorded on video. House is a COMPLETE disaster. Must ignore it for now.
I was thoinking about the businesses that people start up in SL or other virtual worlds. That got me thinking about this word again that I invented (as far as I know). Digital + Indigenous= “Digindigenous.” Prounced as “dij-in-dij-en-us.” It is growing on me. For example, a norm that emerges in SL (as opposed to something imported from RW) is said to be digindiegnous.
I like to play with words. When obtuse or overly specialized, this can become jargon in the worst sense of the word: words which deliberately obfuscate and insulate insiders. When there is a new experience, a new phenomenon, the desire to name wells up and starts playing with words.
Operationalize is jargon.
Podcast is not.
I have seen people refer to the residents of virtual worlds (aside from editorializing them as geeks or nerds) as residents, digital natives, and so on.
Perhaps there is a whole category of practices and objects that are digitally native.
Hence, I humbly offer digital+indigenous= digindigenous.
Digindienous is not short and sweet, but it has a certain rhythm in saying it.
Maybe there is something better?
Digigenous? Sounds like stuttering
Digenous? Sounds to much like disingenuous.
Here is an interesting discussion of governance over at TN blog.
The premise is to compare Internet to VW governance and see how VWs differ. Sensible approach (! one I am using!).
Reading it did make me wonder if we are using governance More broadly than it is usually used. The post author, Ren Reynolds, is looking at very “normal” governance issues; taxation and criminal enforcement. And those are fine and good to look at. I have just thinking about governance as not only government control, but the production of order especially from a phenomenological perspective. How do people feel or experience a VW as regularized or ordered? The basis for that experience of order (or ordering) includes the code written by programmers working for firms constrianed by national governments. But it also includes the more normative and cogntive sources of patterning and order (look, NOT being surprosed by non human avatars is a certain kind of order. A libertarian one, i suppose).
That is why I keep looping back to neo-institutional theory.
Terra Nova: Practicing trust
Here it strikes me that MMOs sit in a sweet spot between being different enough as a practice to externalize, among other thing, acts of trust and kindness. Yet familiar enough in terms of the generic nature of what’s going on for those acts to have emotional impact – at least some of the time.
This is a very interesting comment from the author- Ren Reynolds. Don’t knwo much about him, but maybe I should look more. Fits in nicely with the “why VWs matter” paper Ted and I are trying to write. And it captures the in-the-middle, sweet spot I have been imagining between total disarticualtion of real world identity and VW identity on the one hand and tight coupling or specified articulation (buying on ebay, buying on Amazon? LinkedIn?) on the other. In SL, to juice up, or catalyze, the ferment of the world, there has to be enough distancingto activate playfulness, but enough peresistence and accountability to allow community to emerge (at least at player-player level) and norm reinforcement (we used to call it social control) to operate.
Aha! A list of peer-reviewed journals. That is nice to see since I am trying to publish an article about SL. I wonder about SSRN? Something else I ave been meaning to check out.
First Monday as on my radar screen. Ted, the others…?