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Web 2.0 and Beyond:
The Sociological Significance of Virtual Worlds Supplanting Cyberspace
Event: CITASA 3rd Mini-Conference to be held in the Metaverse ? Second Life
Date of Event: Sunday, August 12th, 2007
Time: 5:00-8:30pm EDT / 2:00?5:30 pm PDT /SLT Location Details: The GNWC
Virtual Centre for Digital Media in Second Life University Project (150, 84,

For the third year in a row the Communication and Information Technology
Section (CITASA) of the American Sociological Association (ASA) will hold a
Mini-Conference as part of the ASA?s annual meeting. This year?s ASA meeting
will be held in New York City, while the primary venue for CITASA?s MC3.0
will be held in Second Life. ( Second Life is a 3d
virtual world with nearly 8 million residents, who?s lifelike avatars
participate in a wide range of economic, social, educational and
recreational activities. The virtual location for MC3.0 will be the Virtual
Centre for Digital Media created by the Masters of Digital Media Program at
Great Northern Way Campus (Vancouver, BC). The physical location of the
conference will be wherever the participants find themselves?in New York and
elsewhere?at the time.

MC3.0 will focus on three broad areas:
? Social Networking Sites (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube etc) ? Videogames &
Gaming (World Of Warcraft, Console games etc) ? Virtual Worlds (Second Life,
Active Worlds etc)

Key Questions that will be addressed 1) What is the sociological
significance of the Web2.0 (and beyond) mediated form of social interaction?
2) How can these forms of online interaction serve as bases for sociological
research? 3) Specifically, what is the pedagogical value of the virtual
world experience?

See the CITASA website after July 13, 2007 for more information or join the
CITASA group on Facebook. Individuals interested in presenting or serving as
discussants should contact one of the MC organizers listed below. CITASA
sponsored Second Life orientation sessions will be available prior to the
event for those new to the virtual world.

CITASA MC3.0 organizers
Tracy Kennedy
Anabel Quan-Haase
Joanna Robinson
Jim Witte

MC 3.0 Update:
To follow up on the previous announcement about the CITASA
Mini-Conference 3.0 on August 12, 2007 in SecondLife (University Project sim).
1) Anyone interested in participating as a presenter or discussant (see
topics below) should contact one of the MC3.0 organizers by July 23, 2007.
2) Anyone may attend the MC3.0 SecondLife session that wil be held
August 12, 5:00 ? 8:30 pm (EDT) during the ASA meetings. There will be no central
physical location for MC3.0, but there will be an opportunity for informal,
face-to-face discussion during the CITASA joint reception with the section
on Teaching and Learning in Sociology on August 13th (6:30-8:30 pm) in the
3) To attend MC3.0 you should have an active SecondLife account and be
familiar with the basics of SecondLife navigation and communication.
Opportunities for discussion in SecondLife will follow each of the three
main presentations.
4) CITASA will provide personalized SecondLife orientation assistance
and telephone support July 24 through July 27 between 5 and 9 pm (EDT). To
arrange a session send email to