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Warren Sack

Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz

Warren Sack

Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. He is currently Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has established the Social Computing Lab research group. He also serves as an affiliated faculty member of the Computer Science Department as well as a member of the faculty of the Digital Arts/New Media M.F.A. Program. Before joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in the Film & Digital Media Department, Sack was Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, where he directed the Social Technologies Group. He has also been a research scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory, and a research collaborator in the Interrogative Design Group at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He earned a B.A. from Yale and an S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory. He is a member of the Digital Cultures Project and UC DARnet University of California Multi-Campus Research Groups. Some of Sack’s projects relevant to online reading include Agonistics: A Language Game , Conversation Map, and Translation Map (with Sawad Brooks).

Links: Home page | Social Computing Lab

Research Sample:


The images and actions used as metaphors by Chantal Mouffe and other theorists of “agonistic democracy” can be instantiated as interactive, graphical objects and dynamics. This “literal” instantiation will then be a computer game that can played by posting messages to a public, online discussion forum. The “game” is actually an interface that can be used to visualize the dynamics of online discussions.

Other projects at the Social Computing Lab

  wsack, 04.24.05

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