Friday, 24 July 2009

There's life in virtual reality after all

The Economist has an article here observing that virtual worlds are proving more popular than once thought. Although describing Second Life as a passing fad, they highlight that in America, nearly 10m children and teenagers visit virtual worlds regularly, as estimated by eMarketer, a market researcher. This figure is expected to climb to 15m by 2013. As of January, there were 112 virtual worlds designed for under-18s with another 81 in development, according to Engage Digital Media, a market research firm.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.