My outreach activities aim to bring public awareness to the lab’s topics and centers around SPARTIE-Cast, through which we produce podcast episodes and short-form (e.g., tiktok) edutainment videos. Here is some of the most watched content:
- Game Studies: The Past, Present, and Future (feat. Dr. Dmitri Williams & Dr. Mia Consalvo)
- Prof G on Podcasting, Gaming, and Academia (feat. Scott Galloway)
- Dr. Robby Gets Interviewed About the Metaverse by Prof. Roxana Girju
- On VR Class
- On the Proteus Effect
- On Social Interaction in VR
I also enjoy writing op-eds as part of my outreach activities.
- Ratan, R. & Meshi, D. (2022, Jan). The metaverse is money and crypto is king – why you’ll be on a blockchain when you’re virtual-world hopping. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/the-metaverse-is-money-and-crypto-is-king-why-youll-be-on-a-blockchain-when-youre-virtual-world-hopping-171659
- Ratan, R. & Lei, Y. (2021, Aug). What is the metaverse? 2 media and information experts explain. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-metaverse-2-media-and-information-experts-explain-165731
- Ratan, R., Shen, C., and Williams, D. (2020, Dec). Toxicity in Gaming Is Dangerous. Here’s How to Stand Up to It. Wired Magazine, https://www.wired.com/story/toxicity-in-gaming-is-dangerous-heres-how-to-stand-up-to-it/
- Ratan, R. (2020, Aug). Eminem, Communication Scholar. https://medium.com/@raratan/eminem-communication-scholar-497adb1c6ace
- Ratan, R. (2020, Jun). Sabbatical, the number one reason to be a professor. https://medium.com/@raratan/sabbatical-the-number-one-reason-to-be-a-professor-700c90a5020f
I am also happy to participate in impactful interviews. Here are some that I have done recently.
- Is this what the “metaverse” looks like?, Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst,, Jun 1, 2022
- How the metaverse could impact the world and the future of technology, ABC News, Jan 28, 2022
- Money and the metaverse. Cost of Living, Paul Haavardsrud, CBC Listen, Dec 12, 2021
- The Washington Newsday, Barbados is to open the world’s first’metaverse’ embassy, according to reports, Nov 17, 2021
- Popular Science, Athletic virtual reality avatars might make exercise feel easier, Nov 16, 2021
- Washington Post, What will the world look like when you can be whoever you want in the metaverse?, Nov 5, 2021
- Columnists from CBC Radio – Nov. 5, 2021: What is the metaverse?
- WTTW, Facebook Rebrands as Meta to Emphasize ‘Metaverse’ Vision, Nov 3, 2021
- Stateside: …our metaverse future, Nov 2, 2021
- Richdale, A. (2020, Dec). Would work be better as avatars? Dropbox Blog.