I recognize that my biases frame the work in this thesis, particularly the perspective
that i use to consider social interaction and regulation. As an academic, my notions of
social interaction are entirely grounded in a Western, and primarily American
perspective. As a researcher and system designer, i draw from a diverse set of
disciplines, including sociology, psychology, cultural studies, queer theory, and
computer graphics. While i am partially versed in all of these fields, i am by no means an
expert in any of them. Yet, i come to this research as a technologist who...