I’m an Associate Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and frequent expert media commentator. My research interests include visual social media, infancy and early childhood online, digital death, mobile gaming and the changing landscape of media distribution. I’ve has published in a number of journals including Social Media + Society, Information, Communication and Society, Popular Communication, Media International Australia, First Monday, Comparative Literature Studies, Communication Research and Practice and the Fibreculture journal, and am the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012); co-editor of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) with Mike Kent; and Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) with Michele Willson. I am currently completing Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (Polity, forthcoming 2019) with Tim Highfield and Crystal Abidin. I’ve received teaching awards from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and in 2012 received a national Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts. I’m @tamaleaver on Twitter, and my web presence is www.tamaleaver.net.
My Blogs & Blog History
This website includes my main blog, which began in March 2007. From May 2003 until March 2007 I primarily blogged at Ponderance, the archives of which remain online as long a Google continue to support static blogs.
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