show 247: lurking … [are we all just users?]

joanne mcneil is a gifted writer and journalist with a long personal history in social media. her book “lurking” illuminates the “good ol’ days” of bbs and usenet, fairly obscure regional and niche-specific networks like echo and to friendster, myspace and into the current domination of facebook and twitter. and the book examines what engaging…

show 246: ken liu & the hidden girl

ken liu is a writer of wonderful short and epic fiction, a translator of fine chinese sci-fi, a trained lawyer, a programmer and he also owns a vr headset. since he met all the pre-requisites for being on the show – ok let’s be honest, he actually exceeded them –  drax read his new collection…

show 245: matt ruff enters virtual reality

matt ruff has written a book about mmos and virtual worlds and it is awesome: “88 names” is going right next to “snow crash” and “ready player one” [among others in the vr genre] in the drax shelf. enter a wide-ranging conversation about matt’s body of work which includes wacky ideas such as ayn rand…

show 244: decentraland is open for biz [rerun]

decentraland – a decentralized virtual world where you can buy real estate for real dollars, where the value of your property is “guaranteed” because of (artificial) scarcity – has hit the the public phase of operation. in honor of yet another offering in the vw category trying its luck to take over … [the world?]…