The Virtualization of the Marketplace

I had a fun time in MAS714J, "Thinking about Things", taught by Mitchell Resnick and Sherry Turkle. It was an open discussion class about the relationships people have with things, particularly computational things. I live in a virtual world so much it was good for me to think about what physical worlds imply.

When it came to writing a paper I drew on my experience with Kasbah, a demonstration of online commerce. There's something interesting about marketplaces, real and virtual. Going to the mall, buying stuff online, even the home shopping network - they're all different experiences even though the basic goal is the same. I'm not sure this is the best paper I've ever written, but it was fun for me.


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