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Digimobsters Marion Walton, Muya Koloko, Anja Venter & Nicola Pallitt will be presenting their work as part of a Games Panel for an SA Media conference, SACOMM taking place 30 Aug – 1 Sep 2011 in Pretoria.

The conference theme? The past is present: Communication and its malcontents “To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward”- Margaret Fairless Barber”. So we’ll be helping local scholars to look forward and recognize games as a local phenomena that deserves more SA interest and scholarship. We’re game, are you?

For more info, see: Game Studies goes South: Games Panel for SA Media conference





We had a bit of venue trouble today. We saw lovely tea cups and things all laid out and thought we were very special until we were told that there was a selection committee meeting going on. Sorry for that DigiMobbers:( TB Davie Room will be available to us every Thursday except 5 & 12 May and then I will keep you posted regarding the second half of the year.

Today Muya presented his proposal defence “The meaning of video game violence for SA children”. He is interested in the meanings that children under 16 attach to video game violence, how they define it in relation to real violence and how their definitions differ from that of the Film and Publications Board and their  parents. (More detailed blog post by Muya to follow.)


Sunday Edition: Bunny Foo Foo Adventures

Next meeting: This week Bonnie will be sharing her theoretical framework, Thabisa still has something to present for us and if there is time, Nicci will present an overview of her data and plans for possible chapters.

Pic from - a very interesting blog by a SA community media practitioner! Sure you will love it too:)

Today Silke gave us a presentation on youth, mobile phones and civic engagement through participatory media production, her Masters thesis topic. Silke started off by telling us that she had felt blocked (which inspired the previous post, as I have also been feeling the block lately) before a coffee date with a friend who works for the UN who inspired her after requesting that she teach an online class on mobile media. Silke said she learnt a lot from talking, a vital reminder to all of us for the week: sometimes it’s good to talk more and read less:)  

Silke will blog about her presentation and findings so far in a follow-up post. We had interesting discussions about rights and public voice. It seemed the NGO was more worried about infringing music rights through online videos than about protecting the students’ identities. We spoke about how a channel does not equal a voice – such as the example of the homosexual girl who wanted to do a digital story on corrective rape. Making her identity public online could make her a target within her community, which also led us to talking about silencing and a consideration of which voices are silenced in the township. As researchers, we cannot assume that our participants have the same freedom of voice (or even access to the channels to make their voices public).  We discussed the rules of speaking within a community: what can you say, who draws the line and whose interests are served in the end?

Next meeting: Thursday 17 March (Muya and Thabisa to present, Bonnie presents the week after)