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Title:Playfully serious information for serious play: The integration of community values in an information resource
Author(s):Bullard, Julia
Subject(s):serious leisure
information seeking
legitimate peripheral participation
positive information science
information behavior
social and community informatics
qualitative data analysis
Abstract:Information resources for serious leisure pursuits need to offer accuracy and usability while supporting community values such as playfulness. This paper explores how a World of Warcraft player-authored information resource integrates playfulness into guides meant for difficult game content. While written guides support play by minimizing time spent out of the game, video guides have an opportunity to reproduce the engaging qualities of gameplay, combining information and entertainment. A close reading of the’s videos and their context reveals how playfulness contributes to authenticity, credibility, and the site’s role in the community, while supporting the information seeking of players. We should expect to see the integration of community values, in this case playfulness, in information resources built within other serious leisure communities or for work and everyday life pursuits.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Bullard, J. (2013). Playfully serious information for serious play: The integration of community values in an information resource. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 389-397). doi:10.9776/13218
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-28

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