An Interview with Ted Castronova

I’m very pleased to post this first episode of the gnovis podcast. This episode features an interview with Ted Castronova, author of “Synthetic Worlds”, who visited CCT recently and set aside an hour for this conversation with a group of CCT students.

For more information about Castronova’s visit, see this post from Jessica Vitak, our Peer Review Manager, on the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s website.

Artist: gnovis, Georgetown’s peer-reviewed journal of Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT)
Title: Podcast #1: Ted Castronova
Length: 68:15 minutes (32.27 MB)
Format: Stereo 22kHz 66Kbps (VBR)

Brad Weikel

Brad Weikel received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University in 2009. His thesis, "From Coding to Community: Iteration, Abstraction, and Open Source Software Development" argued that programming practices, particularly iterative workflows and abstraction models, can help explain both the success and struggles of open source software. His work was a technocentric complement to prior explanations from economists, lawyers, and political and cultural theorists. While writing his thesis, Brad blogged about his topic at, where he has since continued blogging, more broudly, about collaborative production and the commons at large. Brad was Managing Editor of gnovis during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years, and Creative Director in 2006/2007. He is currently the Web & Communications Coordinator for EarthRights International.