Building and Rebuilding an Idea
Between the unsolicited article submissions we receive, our current backlog of guest bloggers, and the work Pixels and Policy puts into providing thought-provoking and useful information about the interplay of virtual worlds and our daily lives, we've had precious little time to sit down and take everything in.
Pixels and Policy is rapidly outgrowing its original site layout – we've already updated and upgraded once to deal with traffic and content management issues – but we continue to provide the kind of research and analysis that finds interested readers at organizations like The Markle Foundation and Congressional Quarterly's Homeland Security newsletter.
That said, it comes as a serendipitous surprise to announce that Pixels and Policy will be partnering with the Virtual Worlds Institute, publisher of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research.
The great team over at JVWR is headed by Jeremiah Spence, a great academic mind and the Editor of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. Jeremiah's great journal has published forward-thinking work by everyone from Metanomics' Robert Bloomfield to Indiana University virtual world researcher Edward Castronova. Its editorial team carts out great thinkers and writers like NOAA's Eric Hackathorn (Hackshaven Hartford) and Garrison LeMasters of Georgetown University. Now we're proud to say Pixels and Policy joins this great group of individuals.
Our partnership with the Virtual Worlds Institute will result in a better experience for Pixels and Policy readers. Not only will our content be migrating to a larger server with better features, you can also expect another – even better – website redesign coming in the future. Pixels and Policy Editor Max Burns will also be joining the staff of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research as Editorial Coordinator in the coming weeks, expanding Pixels and Policy's initial mission even more.
Pixels and Policy has always been about exploring how virtual worlds are changing the way we conduct public discourse, formulate public policy, and live our daily lives. By partnering with the Virtual Worlds Institute, Pixels and Policy gains access to the resources necessary to dig even deeper into stories and events that often go overlooked in the mainstream media.
We hope you'll check out the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research and its top-tier writing, as well as staying tuned to the improvements and changes we have in store for Pixels and Policy. Thanks again for keeping us running these first six months.