Making it Facebook Official

Last night, I had a highly amusing but rigorous discussion in bed.  No, I actually mean a discussion, not discussion as a euphamism for something else. I brought up a simple-but-not question to the woman I’m currently dating:  “Should we tell Facebook that we’re dating?” Given that she is a digital media scholar as well,…

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The Matrix: 10 Years Later

On March 31st, 10 years ago, a film called The Matrix hit movie theatres and took the film industry/pop culture world by storm. It lead to copy-cats in content, style, and in technology (The Matrix‘s ‘Bullet-cam’ became the ‘effect to do’ for the first several years of the 21st century in action movies) It was…

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Dollhouse — Hitting Stride

In the first few weeks of Dollhouse’s life, Whedon and others associated with the show said ‘wait for episode 6 — that’s when it gets really good.’ The reason given for the change in Ep. 6 is that FOX high-ups stopped having as much direct input as of the episode, which means that less was…

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TED talk “Siftables”

A colleague of mine liked me to a TED presentation by David Merrill of the MIT Media lab. He shows and examines a digital media interface technology called “Siftables” http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/457 This is going to be huge for tactile learners. Merrill refers to children with building blocks, and the metaphor is great for capturing the possibilities…

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On the Horizon — Mid-season

Here are three speculative and/or genre-inclined shows coming up soon in TV-land. Dollhouse, Castle, and Kings. Dollhouse Joss Whedon’s anticipated new tv drama, starring Eliza “Faith” Dushku as Echo, one of a number of ‘Dolls’ — people who have had their memories wiped, live in an idyllic but infantile ‘Dollhouse’ facility, and who, when they…

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Tech, Transmedia and Geek Acceptance

In my introductory post, http://geektheory.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/hello-world/#comments Chad made a response with enough meat that I’ve decided to respond in a full post here. —- I’d agree that technology has changed music distribution moreso than a lot of other things, but I think it’d be unwise to dismiss other changes due to technology. The internet has created…

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Re-Post — Review: David J. Williams’ The Mirrored Heavens

Re-post review #3: —– David J. Williams’ The Mirrored Heavens is 21st century, next-gen cyberpunk, a grim imagining of a possible future our current international climate could easily produce. Four separate but inter-reliant plotlines fire like lasers, closing and eventually colliding in a breathtaking finale. Twists and turns are matched with breakneck pacing as Williams…

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Hello world

Welcome to 21st Century Geeks, an academic blog focusing on geek cultures and media convergence. Here are the stakes: We are entering and/or are already in a golden age of geek culture. Geek movies continually rock the box offices (Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Transformers, Iron Man), video games have become an immensely profitable entertainment…

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