(photo by @notalyce)
It's conference month for me — this time to Theorizing the Web, last weekend in New York City. Specifically, fitting the group's un-conference feel, in a warehouse in Williamsburg.
TtW is a gathering of ridiculously smart people working on projects related to network analysis, social media, human-computer interaction, and all manner of online and infrastructure theory.
The two-day event bristled with energy and overflowed with intriguing insights. Some of my favorites:
My own presentation Saturday morning, "Virtual Pop Stars and the Digitization of Performance" (photo above), summarized my previous research into and history of virtual pop stars.
Here's video of our panel. My presentation begins at 25:00, and I take several questions at the end of the panel. The other presenters are superb, and the topic preceding mine — "Digital Monism" by Neal Stimler & Stéphane Vial — is relevant not only to my own discussion but an overall thread to this entire conference ...
I'm THOMAS CONNER, communication researcher and culture journalist.