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Playful and game-like qualities of astroturfing
April 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Center for Computer Games Research invites you to a talk by Tanja Sihvonen on Tuesday, April 2nd.
Who are the people who have influence on social media, and how can we question their assumptions? Meet Tanja Sihvonen for a talk about the problems of identifying and researching user groups in online cultures, focusing on the playful and game-like qualities of deceptive communication.
Tanja Sihvonen is a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Vaasa, Finland. She studies games, game cultures, and online communication, and has written extensively on the cultures of gaming, queering, and social media. Among her publications we find the book Players Unleashed!: Modding the Sims and the Culture of Gaming (2014), and the article “Queering games, play and culture through transgressive role-playing games” with Jaakko Stenros (2018). She has also curated an exhibition about glitches in games, robots, as well as other technologies, on display at the Kuntsi Modern Art Museum in Vaasa winter 2018-2019.