Earlier today, I defended my dissertation,
Performing Play: Cultural Production on Twitch.tv
After 3 years of planning, writing, data collection, analysis, and more writing, I'm very proud to say that I successfully defended! This wouldn't have been possibly without my family, my friends, and my committee. The folks at the University of Maryland in the iSchool, as well as the campus more generally have been my support network over the past 5 years, and have made obtaining a PhD an awesome experience.
Briefly, my work considered streaming on Twitch as an act of performance: both of the everyday self, and the self as a player of games. I reported on two studies that derived from that theoretical framework, which was developed to consider live-broadcasting gameplay as an act of cultural production. I'm preparing a slightly longer white paper that summarizes my work in the dissertation, but for the moment I'm happy to say that I can now call myself Dr. Pellicone.
In discussing the work with my committee, I still have a bit of work to do in terms of touching up the final manuscript, and they've also given me many interesting new directions in which to take my work, but for now I think I'm going to take a few days off.