The phenomenal growth of online communities, new forms of leisure, social networking, and collaborative creativity in recent years has been facilitated in part by digital tools, but equally through social dynamics that build trust, rapport, and shared commitments. CCI operates as a team of ethnographers who use participant-observation fieldwork to examine the workings of these communities.
What forms do successful communities take? What is the interplay between technological tools and collaborative creativity? How do such communities emerge, take shape, and evolve? We believe ethnography will illuminate the meaning and values of these communities in ways that mining data through algorithms alone cannot. Culture, politics and business are clearly changing as online communities become centers of production and political participation in their own right, challenging the power structures of traditional corporations and governmental institutions.
MIT's Comparative Media Studies program.
Researching the emerging world of game live-streaming.
MUSIC & INEQUALITY
Examining the ways in which music can provide insights into the creation of more inclusive forms of capitalism.
Developing a network of scholars, activists, and artists aiming to tackle inequality with a focus on bottom-up solutions.
Tag Culture on Tumblr
Gathering and analyzing Tumblr tag data to gain insight into “Tag Culture,” the way fans use tags to build communities and construct spaces for discourse.
AnyKey is a new project, born of a partnership between ESL and Intel, which aims to make esports more inclusive. Our own T.L. Taylor has played a major role in the formation of this project. Thus far, T.L. Taylor and the AnyKey project have held conversations and panels with industry stakeholders and have conducted research at[…]
March 16, 2016 This one-day event, a continuation of the Dissolve Inequality series, will explore the question: What can a new era of music teach us about reducing inequalities — gender, racial, economic, and more? Come join in discussions with artists and scholars, and join the networking dinner and musical performance in the evening featuring[…]
T.L. Taylor was interviewed about the launch of Twitch Creative, a new section of the popular live streaming platform where people can stream their creative processes. Twitch Creative launched with a marathon of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. See the original source for audio of the interview. Source: CBC Radio
Ian Condry is quoted about his participation with the MIT Climate Change Rally. Photo Credit: Ploy Achakulwisut
T.L. Taylor was interviewed for an article about the increasing popularity of on-campus esports clubs and competitions. T.L. released a point of clarification on her website: I do actually think gaming in college spaces is growing, my point to the reporter was more wanting to highlight that playing computer games on campus has long been a[…]
MIT Spectrum’s Kathryn M. O’Neill profiles Ian Condry, TL Taylor, and their work and philosophy for CCI. Source: http://spectrum.mit.edu/articles/looking-for-change-online-and-off-center/ Image Credit: M. Scott Brauer
Will MIT rise to the climate challenge? 12-1pm | Student Center W20-201 Hosted by Fossil Free MIT & Sloan Sustainability Initiative Join us for a panel discussion to find out what MIT is currently doing about climate change, and to discuss what MIT could be doing in the near future. Last year, the MIT community[…]
T.L. Taylor was interviewed by German public broadcasting about athletes in esports. To listen to a recording* of the interview or to read a transcript, please visit the original source. *This material is in German. Source: Deutschlandfunk
Date: March 16, 2015 Listen to MIT sociologist T.L. Taylor report from the trenches of her fieldwork into twitch, e-sports, and other phenomena of game live-streaming. Computer gaming has long been a social activity, complete with spectatorship. The growth of game live-streaming – the online broadcasting of real-time play to a remote audience – is[…]
Date: March 5, 2015 Time: 6-8PM T.L. Taylor moderated a panel of live streamers, including streaming personalities and industry professionals, at an event co-hosted by CCI and the MIT Game Lab. Panelists included: Scott “SirScoots” Smith JP “itmeJP” McDaniel Adam “Ellohime” Links: MIT Game Lab