Sara GrimesOctober 15th, 2010
Dr. Sara M. Grimes joined the Faculty of Information in the summer of 2010, as Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature and New Media. Her research interests are in children’s media culture(s), play studies and critical theories of technology, with a special focus on digital games. Her previous work includes explorations of children’s virtual worlds and online communities, examinations of online marketing targeted to children, discussions of the legal and ethical dimensions of virtual property, and analysis of discursive representations of the child gamer within popular film and advertising. She has also collaborated with Andrew Feenberg, adapting his theory of instrumentalization to construct a framework for the discussion of games as systems of social rationalization. Sara’s work has appeared in journals such as New Media & Society, The Information Society, The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, and Communication, Culture & Critique. Her current research explores various dimensions of child-generated content, including the legal and cultural implications, within the specific context of entertainment-driven user-generated content (UGC) games such as LittleBigPlanet and Spore.