The trouble with trolls

on Jan 31, 2013
I have been digesting the fascinating blog post by Whitney Phillips over at Ethnography Matters about her ethnography of trolling. Phillips studied trolling communities like 4chan's /b/ board, the Internet Hate Machine (Anonymous), and Facebook...

Social Capital in MMOs?

on Jun 22, 2011
In the last post I discussed the pitfalls inherent in thinking about virtual worlds and the "real" world in a dichotomous manner. An interesting issue that the mapping question raises is the question of efficacy of models from one domain in the...

The Crowdsourced MMO Police

on Jan 18, 2011
League of Legends is a popular and free MMO combining strategy and RPG elements, and like any online multiplayer game has to contend with problematic players ruining the game experience of other users (griefing, hacking, etc.). Now, it's not...