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Irene's Pub885 Bank Street
5:30pm

Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture – Author Meets Readers

With Benjamin Woo

Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture – Author Meets Readers

With Benjamin Woo
24
Thursday
Jan
5:30pm
Irene's Pub
885 Bank Street
Benjamin Woo

About the Book

Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture considers the real people who have invested time and resources to make geek culture what it is. The book recentres our understanding of geek culture on the everyday lives of its participants, drawing on fieldwork in comic book shops, game stores, and conventions, including in-depth interviews with ordinary members of the overlapping communities of fans and enthusiasts. Benjamin Woo shows how geek culture is a set of interconnected social practices that are associated with popular media. He argues that typical depictions of mass-mediated entertainment as something that isolates and pacifies its audiences are flawed because they do not account for the conversations, relationships, communities, and identities that are created by engaging with the products of mass culture.

 

Getting a Life Book Cover features a pixelated heart

 

 

 

Woo will be joined on stage by Neil Gerlach (Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Program Director for the Bachelor of Global and International Studies at Carleton University) and Kim Hoang (Cartoonist, game designer and facilitator).

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