Media Diary: Guess What I’ve Been Doing

Well my day started at 11 am with a good old email check, followed by a morning game of MAG (a massively mutliplayer military shooter on PS3).  An hour later my roommate woke up and I continued to watch his game of Civilization V.  At 1 pm I started to get ready for school and … Continue reading

Media Diary: Day 3

I woke up at 10 this morning without the aid of an alarm.  I was actually pretty impressed with myself.  After pouring myself some cheerios I turned on my computer to check my email.  After that I checked my bank account balance and then booked and airline flight for November.  I then texted my friend … Continue reading

Media Diary: Day 2

I woke up at 8am and avoided all media except for turning off the alarm clock on my cell phone until i left the house for my doctor’s appointment.  On the road at 9:20 I called my mom to let her know that I was on my way.  Arriving at the office at 9:30, I … Continue reading

Media Diary: So it begins

Today is the beginning of my media diary week. I woke up this morning at 11:30 in the apartment of my friend for whom I was catsitting and housesitting.  I grabbed the remote and turned on the TV.  I caught the movie Couples Retreat on HBO 2 right about at the middle.  About a half … Continue reading

Topic Presentation

Here is the slideshow for me and Casey’s presentation from last week:

Twitter and the gaming industry

I am not new to twitter at all.  I have been using it for a couple of years under the handle @makeyourself270 and love it for a variety of reasons.  One aspect that I had never experimented with, however, was lists.  Therefore, I was very eager to do this assignment once I had seen that … Continue reading

Media Convergence in Little Big Planet

In his article Dueze points to Counter Strike as an example of convergence culture in the gaming world.  While it is a great case to study for such a phenomenon, it is one of many in the world of computer games.  If we switch over to the home console arena (ie Xbox360, Playstation 3, and … Continue reading

Deliberation on Video Game Censorship

So the nerd deeply rooted in my brain made me focus on the topic of video game censorship.  The two videos I have chosen deal with: 1.) The issue of sexual content within games, specifically the case of Mass Effect 2.) The presence of themes considered too “real” by some, illustrated by the upcoming Medal … Continue reading

Internet and Democracy

When reading this week’s article there were two topics that really grabbed my attention: WikiCrime and Search engine optimization. Taking a look at the WikiCrimes website (http://www.wikicrimes.org/main.html), the first thing that struck me was the simplicity of the site.  There is only one page which contains just the map and links to some popup windows … Continue reading

A little about me

My name is Donny Weinbrenner.  I am a second year Master’s student in the college of Sociology and Criminology & Law.  My research focuses are knowledge, culture, and media.  Specifically, I am interested in researching how the culture growing out of participatory media, like YouTube, interacts with more traditional forms of media to change the … Continue reading