ALISE 2016 Doctoral Poster

Hollister, J. M. (2016).  In- and out-of-character: The digital literacy practices and emergent information worlds of active role-players in a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game.  Poster to be presented at the 2016 ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition, Boston, MA, January 5-8 2016. [In- and Out-of-Character ALISE 2016 Doctoral Student Poster .pdf].

Short Abstract

This dissertation explores and describes the information worlds and digital literacy practices of role-players, those that enact and embody their characters’ or avatars’ stories, within WildStar, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.  Preliminary findings from ethnographic observation, participation, and semi-structured interviews, conducted both in- and out-of-character, suggest that digital literacy practices of role-players are primarily impacted by the information value systems of their communities.  Implications for practice, method, and theory will also be discussed.

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