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Virtual Social Networks
Mediated, Massive and Multiplayer Sites
Edited by Niki Panteli
 
 
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16 Jul 2009
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Virtuality has been undergoing rapid and fundamental changes. As technology has developed, so too have its applications and our uses and experiences with it have as well. The emergence of new technologies such as Web 2.0 offer opportunities for new ways of interacting, playing, working and learning, and for companies new ways for promoting and advertising their products and services and interacting with their customers in general. The new possibilities are exciting, but there are uncertainties and anxieties too which affect individuals and organizations as well as societies in general. It is within this context, one of simultaneous excitement and anxiety, that we discuss Virtual Social Networks in this edited collection.

The current public discourse refers to social networking sites and online games showing the popularity and fascination that has developed on these emerging, multiplayer and interactive virtual networks. This book aims to embark on this journey of exploration with a collection of studies, both empirical and conceptual, on current academic thinking around virtual social networks.


Description

Virtuality has been undergoing rapid and fundamental changes. As technology has developed, so too have its applications and our uses and experiences with it have as well. The emergence of new technologies such as Web 2.0 offer opportunities for new ways of interacting, playing, working and learning, and for companies new ways for promoting and advertising their products and services and interacting with their customers in general. The new possibilities are exciting, but there are uncertainties and anxieties too which affect individuals and organizations as well as societies in general. It is within this context, one of simultaneous excitement and anxiety, that we discuss Virtual Social Networks in this edited collection.

The current public discourse refers to social networking sites and online games showing the popularity and fascination that has developed on these emerging, multiplayer and interactive virtual networks. This book aims to embark on this journey of exploration with a collection of studies, both empirical and conceptual, on current academic thinking around virtual social networks.


Contents

Virtual Social Networks: A New Dimension for Virtuality Research; N.Panteli
Learning Virtually or Virtually Distracted? The Impact of Emerging Internet Technologies on Pedagogical Practice; S.K.Grewal & L.Harris
VU @ Second Life : A Report on Experiences with the Development of a (Virtual) Community of Learners; F.Feldberg, A.Eliëns, S.van der Land, M.HuysmanE.Konijn
Patient Preferences for Online Person-Person Support; R.Jones, M.Kamel Boulos, C.Maramba, H.SkirtonJ.Freeman
The Social Impact of Online Games – The Case of Germany; T.Quandt & J.Wimmer
The Sexi(E)St Of All: Avatars, Gender, And Online Games; M.Consalvo& T.Harper
What Users Of Virtual Social Networks Value About Social Interaction: The Case of Greypath; O.K.Burmeister
Labour's Second Life: From A Virtual Strike To Union Island; B.Robinson
Community as Commodity: Social Networking And Transnational Capitalism; D.Kreps & E.Pearson
Virtual Intimacy: Desire and Ideology in Virtual Social Networks; R.Grassman & P.Case



Authors

Dr NIKI PANTELI has carried out a substantial research activity in the field of virtuality. She is the Chair of the IFIP W.G. 9.5 'Virtuality& Society', and the Director for the Centre for Information Management at the University of Bath, UK. She is the co-editor of Exploring Virtuality within and beyond Organizations, Social, Global and Local Dimensions, Palgrave-Macmillan (2008).