Currently I’m finishing up Edward Castronova‘s Synthetic Worlds. He’s here at IU so I figure I should read his stuff. It is interesting so far. It is a bit less academic and aimed a bit more at casual readers than I would like. But it is still a nice read. Some of the things he says about mmorpgs might make good counter-points to some of the things I plan on writing for my dissertation on FPS players.
I’m also reading Susan Jeffords’ The Remasculinization of America: Gender and the Vietnam War. She wrote it before Hard Bodies and I’m mainly reading it to see if it is just a rough draft of Hard bodies or if there is something different about it. So far it is similar but more heavilly focused on books about Vietnam than film or television.