About Simone Ines
Creative researcher in communication theory and born as a digital native in 1985, I study cyberculture in all its variants.
Ever since I first became acquainted with the Internet in 1996, my goal was to understand the possibilities of virtual environments and related technologies. Never content with merely consuming, cyberculture has become the central object of my research. Whether by exploring virtual communities or by analyzing countercultural manifestos, my research goals coherently focus on digital media, communication practice, and technological utopia.
Being trilingual, I have direct access to a wide variety of sources and I understand the cultural diversity connected to communication science. Working on various interdisciplinary projects has allowed me to reach an open-minded, nonetheless critical position toward cyberculture and related innovations in their societal contexts.
I went through school in a small German town, tackling almost all available side activities (editor-in-chief of the school magazine while writing about Barbie and changing the world, playing the sun in a musical, the side-flute at concerts, painting and drawingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ you name it). My interest in media and communication led to studying what it might be about. With two freelance jobs in the gaming industry, I obtained my BA in 2008 and continued to work full-time and freelance on online games.
Being curious about France, I obtained a French diploma and a full grant of the DAAD which allowed me to move to Paris in 2010 to pursue a MasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s degree in interdisciplinary communication and information studies. My greatest experience in 2011 was to attend summer school at Stanford. Back in Europe, I am still freelancing, pursuing my degree, and exploring different options for the time after my degree (and always open for suggestions).
In my leisure time, I am an amateur painter, illustrator, and passionate traveler, as well as an internet and tumblelogging tech geek who loves work out in the gym and reading all kinds of books on her Kindle.
I wrote my Bachelor's thesis on "Life online - philosophy and reality", my first Master's thesis on "Why study science fiction? The use of anticipatory literature as an educational tool", and I am currently writing my big Master's thesis on "Creating cyberculture. Autodidacticism and creativity in the emerging cyberculture and the rise of technological utopia."
I am currently in the process of obtaining a second Master's degree in translating literature and I am a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in sociology.
Areas of Expertise
Cyberculture, Virtual Worlds, Media & Communication, Illustration, Media education, Writing, Digital Lifestyle, sociology, Art, Translataion
An idea worth spreading
Cyberculture as a mainstream concept is based on the development of personalized usage of technological tools, such as computers. Autodidacticism and creativity play a decisive role in this process. Together with the cultural movements surrounding the first signs of cyberculture - such as the countercultural movements, libertarianism, new economy, cyberpunk in science fiction, and the VR hype - favored the emergence of technological utopia (and dystopia). These visions are based on different settings regarding the relationship between individuals, society, and the ever-accelerating technological progress, from technological determinism with postmodern cybernetic structures to positivist socio-constructivism and sociotechnical concepts. Media and mass culture reflect our struggle to cope with the changing shades of the real and virtual self in real and virtual societies.
I'm passionate about
Sociology, cyberculture, VR & AR, SF, autodidacticism, new media, intercultural exchange, tech utopia & dystopia, art, literature, writing, illustrating, singing, foreign languages, travelling
Talk to me about
Cyberculture, virtual worlds, digital lifestyle, sociology, art, creativity, augmented reality, utopia, media & politics, science & research, think tanks, collaboration, education
People don't know I'm good at
Singing. Being generous, nerdy, ambitious, fierce, laid-back, serious. Hiking, bodybuilding.
My TED story
TEDxParisUniversitÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©s in October 2010, right after I had moved to Paris. Googled TED and found the TED website, got inspired by events like TEDxSiliconValley, and the big TED Conferences. Got involved as a volunteer translator, later as Conversation Host. Went to TEDxParis in January 2011. Watched TEDGlobal 2011 on the webcast and was completely stunned. Went to TEDxBrussels 2011 in November 2011, then TEDxConcorde in January 2012 in Paris. Will be going to TEDxESCP in Paris in February, will watch the TED 2012 webcast live. Attended TEDxParisUniversitÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©s in April; haven't made it to a TEDx in Germany yet, but I'm keeping my eyes open. Would love to volunteer at a TEDx! And in 2012, I was happy to help with the translation of TEDGlobal posts into German for the blog of the SÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼ddeutsche Zeitung.