Communication Department Professor Christopher Paul , who
researches digital media, is writing a new book, The Discourse of Video Games:
Word Play, for academic publisher Routledge. The book, part of a “New
Media and Cyberculture” series, examines how words used to talk about video
games and the structures within the games shape gaming persuade, and circulate
ideas. Paul also analyzes the social discourse about gaming: the way players
are socialized into games; the impact of the association of video games as
kid's toys; the dynamics within specific games (including Grand Theft Auto and
EA Sports Games); and the ways in which players themselves shape the discourse
of games. Publication is planned for 2012.
has appeared in Games and Culture, Journal of Virtual Worlds Research,
International Journal of Role-Playing, and First Monday. In 2008, he joined the
faculty in the Communication Department in the College of Arts and Sciences ,
which offers specializations in digital communication, digital production,
journalism, strategic communications, international/intercultural
communication, and media studies.
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