Monday, February 15, 2010

In Guadalajara

It's been a busy while preparing for this latest stint of fieldwork...

I'm currently at the Universidad de Guadalajara, CUCEA, where I'll be affiliated as a researcher for the next two weeks. With my compadres from the institute here, along with the concurrent SFU field school, I'll be looking at the online gaming culture/Internet cafe scene in the Mexican context through my involvement in the VERUS project.

First impressions, I'm in awe of the sheer amount of collective public space and its influence on the communication ecologies here.

With amazing timing, I witnessed a large scale act of civil disobedience--a rally in support of same-sex marriage (right now it's only legal in Mexico City). We were in the state quarter, with government affiliates who were against the rally ringing cathedral bells (shown above) to drown out the protest. It felt very powerful to be in the middle of it all.

The tip of the iceberg, for now.

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