The 2012-13 year kicks off on Tuesday, October 9th with Daniel Johnson, PhD candidate in the Cinema & Media Studies and East Asian Languages & Civilizations departments. Daniel will be presenting a paper entitled, “Game-Becoming Laughter.”
The New Media Workshop now meets in Rosenwald 405, from 4:30 to 6:00pm.
The paper is available
To obtain the password to access this paper, please contact workshop co-coordinator Matthew Sims at mbsims [at] uchicago [dot] edu.
Abstract: “Let’s Play” recordings of video-game playthroughs have become a popular form of entertainment on video sharing sites like Youtube and Nicovideo. Although possibly first appearing as a variation of written or still-image walkthrough guides and evidence of high scores or speed runs these videos have also developed into a community-oriented space of communication with particular modes of discourse via the user comment sections. This paper will take up concepts of laughter, meta- interaction, and anonymity in relation to the spoken, embodied performance of the player/uploader in the video and the written, anonymous discourse of the audience in the comments section in English and Japanese language "let's play" videos. What is the relationship between anonymous communication and ironic laughter? How do audiences experience different forms of “watching together” or a “double-vision” of screen-surfaces and visual content? These questions will serve as a spring- board into a more abstract interrogation into the relationship between visual representation, written discourse, and anonymity on the internet.