Author: Dirk Songuer

  • Sample Chapter: The Emergence of Virtual Worlds

    Sample Chapter: The Emergence of Virtual Worlds

    This is a work-in-progress look into the upcoming book “Field Notes from the Metaverse”. Note that the content is still changing. If you have relevant feedback, or additional insights or context to share, please use the comment section below or contact me directly to add your voice to the book. Thank you! The following chapters…

  • Field notes weekly #10

    Field notes weekly #10

    This is a weekly update on my progress to document the history, perspectives, and narratives of the metaverse. For more on the contents and structure of the book, please see “Structuring my field notes“.Current book word count: 79,727 Writing I am still hacking away at the Web3-related chapters. I want to talk about Bitcoin as…

  • Field notes weekly #9

    Field notes weekly #9

    This is a weekly update on my progress to document the history, perspectives, and narratives of the metaverse. For more on the contents and structure of the book, please see “Structuring my field notes“.Current book word count: 77,648 Writing I am currently working on capturing the more ideological aspects of the Metaverse. Since the early…

  • Interview with Edward Castronova: The Economical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Virtual Worlds

    Interview with Edward Castronova: The Economical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Virtual Worlds

    Edward Castronova invented the field of virtual economics in 2001 with his highly influential paper “Virtual Worlds: A First-Hand Account of Market and Society on the Cyberian Frontier.” His early books “Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games” (2005) and “Exodus to the Virtual World: How Online Fun Is Changing Reality” (2007) continue…

  • Field notes weekly #8

    Field notes weekly #8

    This is a weekly update on my progress to document the history, perspectives, and narratives of the metaverse. For more on the contents and structure of the book, please see “Structuring my field notes“.Current book word count: 76,962 Writing I have published a first work-in-progress look into the book. The sample chapters are lifted from…

  • Sample Chapter: Neuromancer & Snow Crash

    Sample Chapter: Neuromancer & Snow Crash

    This is a work-in-progress look into the upcoming book “Field Notes from the Metaverse”. Note that the content is still changing. If you have relevant feedback, or additional insights or context to share, please use the comment section below or contact me directly to add your voice to the book. Thank you! The following chapters…

  • Field notes weekly #7

    Field notes weekly #7

    This is a weekly update on my progress to document the history, perspectives, and narratives of the metaverse. For more on the contents and structure of the book, please see “Structuring my field notes“.Current book word count: 73,582 Writing A while ago I posted the sections and chapters of the book here: “Structuring my Field…

  • Interview with Julian Dibbell: The Laws & Governance of Virtual Spaces

    Interview with Julian Dibbell: The Laws & Governance of Virtual Spaces

    Julian Dibbell is an attorney in the Technology & IP Transactions practice of Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2014, Dibbell worked as a journalist and author, writing about digital communities, how they function, and the limits of free speech online. Publishers included Wired, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and…

  • Field notes weekly #6

    Field notes weekly #6

    This is a weekly update on my progress to document the history, perspectives, and narratives of the metaverse. For more on the contents and structure of the book, please see “Structuring my field notes“.Current book word count: 71,820 I’m back from vacation! Reading & Watching I haven’t been doing much, except reading. Not everything was…

  • Field notes weekly #5

    Field notes weekly #5

    This is a weekly update on my progress to document the history, perspectives, and narratives of the metaverse. For more on the contents and structure of the book, please see “Structuring my field notes“.Current book word count: 70,109 Talking The interview with Julian Dibbell is in the review stage. We talked about the intersection between…