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Dr Erika Pearson

BA(Murdoch) PhD(Curtin)
Senior Lecturer

Contact

Office: Richardson 6C23
Tel: 64 3 4798680
Email: erika.pearson@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Research Interest


My research interests cover several aspects of internet culture, including virtual communities, fan culture, trust networks, hacktivism and political activism online, complexity in virtual social networks, and notions of social capital in cyberspace. I am also interested in intersections of image culture with digital technologies, particularly in terms of digital photography and photo-manipulation, and how these are created, used, and disseminated across the internet. I would be happy to talk to any student wishing to pursue further studies in these general areas.

I am also the founding convener of the Internet Research Group of Otago (IRGO), and welcome correspondence from internet researchers from all disciplines.

Papers In 2016


Semester One:

MFCO103: Introduction to Communication Studies

MFCO 317 Digital Culture

Semester Two:

MFCO251:Television Studio Production

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Publications

Stanger, N., Alnaghaimshi, N., & Pearson, E. (2017). How do Saudi youth engage with social media? First Monday, 22(5). doi: 10.5210/fm.v22i5.7102

Pearson, E., & Elliot, G. (2015). Multiplicities and the subject: Rethinking a mix-of-attributes approach in the digital world. International Journal of Communication, 9, 694-709.

Elliot, G., Freeman, C., & Pearson, E. (2015). Reinventing nature, the end of Nature and Nature 2.0. In C. Ergler & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 37). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Geography, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Hart, S., White, R., & Pearson, E. (2015, April). The development of an open, CC-licensed Media Studies textbook. Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Open Education in New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand. [Public Discussion].

Hart, S., White, R., & Pearson, E. (2015, April). The development of an open, CC-licensed Media Studies textbook. Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Open Education in New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Public Discussion].

Commissioned Report for External Body

Pearson, E. (2014). The cookbook: A discussion on the process, pitfalls and successes of hacking an open textbook (Open Educational Resource). 19p. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4820

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Design

Pearson, E. (graphic designer) (2011). Another World by Scot Snow [Album cover].

Pearson, E. (graphic designer) (2011). The Stone Soup Sessions by John Egenes [Album and booklet]. Delta Vee Music.

Pearson, E. (graphic designer) (2010). The Ambient Room by Scot Snow [Album cover].

Pearson, E. (graphic designer) (2010). Planet Drum by Scot Snow [Album cover].

Pearson, E. (graphic designer) (2008). Strange Karma by Scot Snow [Album cover].

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Film/Video/CD Rom

Pearson, E. (executive producer, director, editor, camera person), & Egenes, J. (sound design, executive producer) (2012). Harps make fine companions. Dunedin, New Zealand: Subset Productions. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

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Creative Work

Pearson, E. (shoot director) (2009). Ghost Train by Dr. Glam and the Mysterons. [Music video]. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.

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Other Research Output

Hart, S., White, R., & Pearson, E. (2015, April). The development of an open, CC-licensed Media Studies textbook. Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Open Education in New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand. [Public Discussion].

Hart, S., White, R., & Pearson, E. (2015, April). The development of an open, CC-licensed Media Studies textbook. Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Open Education in New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand. [Public Discussion].

Hart, S., White, R., & Pearson, E. (2015, April). The development of an open, CC-licensed Media Studies textbook. Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Open Education in New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Public Discussion].

Pearson, E. (2011, May). The whole world in your pocket: Simultaneous mobile co-presence. Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

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Authored Book - Other

Pearson, E., Taffel, S., Nicholls, B., Wengermeir, M., Chen, K.-W., Phillips, H., … Madill, B., Ross, J., Gallagher, S., Fisher, T., Kabir, S. N. J., Ceuterick, M., & Urbano, M. (2014). Media Studies 101: A Creative Commons textbook. Media Texthack Group. Retrieved from https://mediatexthack.wordpress.com/

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Chapter in Book - Research

Pearson, E. (2010). Digital gifts: Evolving patterns in gift exchange. In T. L. Tuten (Ed.), Enterprise 2.0: How technology, ecommerce, and Web 2.0 are transforming business virtually. (pp. 205-223). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Pearson, E. (2009). The Internet. In S. Moss (Ed.), The entertainment industry: An introduction. (pp. 133 -152). Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Kreps, D., & Pearson, E. (2009). Community as commodity: Social networking and transnational capitalism. In N. Panteli (Ed.), Virtual social networks: Mediated, massive and multiplayer sites. (pp. 155-174). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Journal - Research Article

Stanger, N., Alnaghaimshi, N., & Pearson, E. (2017). How do Saudi youth engage with social media? First Monday, 22(5). doi: 10.5210/fm.v22i5.7102

Pearson, E., & Elliot, G. (2015). Multiplicities and the subject: Rethinking a mix-of-attributes approach in the digital world. International Journal of Communication, 9, 694-709.

Leong, S., Mitew, T., Celletti, M., & Pearson, E. (2009). The question concerning (internet) time. New Media & Society, 11(8), 1267-1285. doi: 10.1177/1461444809349159

Pearson, E. (2009). All the World Wide Web's a stage: The performance of identity in online social networks. First Monday, 14(3). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2162/2127

Pearson, E. (2009). Forecasts or fallacies: Two issues for futures research on the internet. Futures, 41(3), 140-146. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2008.09.011

Pearson, E. (2007). Digital gifts: Participation and gift exchange in LiveJournal communites. First Monday, 12(5). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1835/1719

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Journal - Research Other

Farnsworth, J., Fisher, K., & Pearson, E. (2014). Surveillance, copyright, privacy. MEDIANZ, 14(2), 1-7. doi: 10.11157/medianz-vol14iss2id118

Pearson, E. (2010). Online social networks, communication practice, and public relations [Editorial]. PRism, 7(3). Retrieved from http://www.prismjournal.org/socialnetworks.html

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Pearson, E., & Moskal, A. C. M. (2014). The failure of defining failure in social networking sites. In B. Hegarty, J. McDonald & S.-K. Loke (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) Conference: Rhetoric and Reality: Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology. (pp. 609-613). Retrieved from http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/

Pearson, E. (2010). Making a good (virtual) first impression: The use of visuals in online impression management and creating identity performances. In J. Berleur, M. D. Hercheui & L. M. Hilty (Eds.), What Kind of Information Society? Governance, Virtuality, Surveillance, Sustainability, Resilience. (pp. 118-130). Berlin, Germany: Springer. [Full Paper]

Pearson, E. (2005). Trust: Is social capital a precondition for democratic activity online? In M. Consalvo & M. Allen (Eds.), Internet Research Annual: Selected Papers from the (Vol. 2) Association of Internet Researchers Conference. (pp. 86-93). New York: Peter Lang. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Elliot, G., Freeman, C., & Pearson, E. (2015). Reinventing nature, the end of Nature and Nature 2.0. In C. Ergler & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 37). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Geography, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Elliot, G., Freeman, C., & Pearson, E. (2014). Nature in Plato's digital cave: Frameworks and first impressions. In T. Konlechner & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 19). Retrieved from http://www.geography.otago.ac.nz/resources

Pearson, E. (2011). Portable yet (co)present. Proceedings of the Internet Research 12.0 Conference: Performance and Participation. Retrieved from http://ir12.aoir.org/schedule

Pearson, E., & Gallop, C. (2011). PG internet research: Surviving as a new academic in the ″series of tubes″ [Workshop]. Proceedings of the Internet Research Group of Otago (IRGO) unConference 2.0: Resistance and Control. Retrieved from http://irgo.otago.ac.nz/blurbs.html

Pearson, E., Boyd, D., Long, A., & Tuszynski, S. (2009). Friends and followers: Renegotiating friendship online. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conference: Internet Research 10.0: Internet Critical. Retrieved from http://ocs.sfu.ca/aoir/index.php/ir/10/paper/view/299

Clark, J., Angelo, A., Brown, C., Pearson, E., & Waite, N. (2008). Blogs and wikis in learning: Sharing the experience [Panel discussion]. In C. Bond & R. Spronken-Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching at Otago Conference. (pp. 50). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Pearson, E., & Baxter, G. (2012, March). Futures of the book [Panel discussion]. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural Centre for the Book Symposium: The Book: A Life Cycle, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Pearson, E. (2010, September). Making a good (virtual) first impression: The use of visuals in online impression management and creating identity performances. Verbal presentation at the World Computer Congress, Brisbane, Australia.

Kreps, D., & Pearson, E. (2008, July). Community as commodity. Verbal presentation at the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society: Massive Virtual Communities, Lüneberg, Germany.

Pearson, E. (2008, November). When fangirls attack! Post-feminism and comic book bloggers. Verbal presentation at the 37th Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand) (SAANZ), Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Other - Edited Journal

Farnsworth, J., Fisher, K., & Pearson, E. (Eds.). (2014). MEDIANZ, 14(2). [Journal Editors].

Pearson, E. (Ed.). (2010). PRism, 7(3). [Guest Editor].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Pearson, E. (2006). Futures in cyberspace: An exploration of the applicability and use of futures studies on the internet (PhD). Curtin University, Perth, Australia. 267p.

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