Professor Nukem: Communicating Research in the Age of the Experience Economy

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The experience economy, that is, the creative and communicative turn in today's social,
cultural and economic structures, implies, as explained by Pine and Gilmore (1999), that
consumption is embedded in a communicative format that conveys some kind of experience
to the consumer. The consumer in turn becomes more than just a passive user - he
or she becomes an active participant in the experiential/communicative design. As such,
the mode of consumption in the experience economy is an interactive and play-centric one.

And the computer game embodies the very core logic of this experience economy. In the
experience economy, the focus is not on consumption of commodities and services, but on
the consumer's engagement in an experience that uses products, services and information
as props and creative tools. Taking the user-centred mode of consumption as our point of
departure, the present paper examines how the computer game format may be used as a
new tool for communicating academic research to a broader audience. By applying some
findings from a recent project, we will focus on the ways in which academic research can
be communicated in a format that causes the recipient to take part in the process of communication
and acquiring knowledge. This opens up new opportunities as well as challenges.
On the one hand, communication of academic research is provided with new types of
involvement, as the focus is not only on knowledge as content, but also on knowledge as
activity. On the other hand, questions are raised here concerning what kind of knowledge
is actually communicated/created in the process of active participation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNordicom Review
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)177-193
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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