Bret’s calling is to work toward a more generous Internet, one person at a time. In addition to being the Director of MDS, he is also a PhD student at Michigan State University, where he's studying the Internet and human connection. More specifically, he’s researching digital affinity spaces (e.g. online videogames, Twitter hashtags, fan forums, podcasts, and YouTube channels) and social capital. Bret is an avid gamer motivated by exploration and social connection, primarily in Elder Scrolls Online but in many independent games as well. He still keeps in touch with his first online friend, from AOL in the early 1990s.
Each week, we talked about what games to play, what to watch or read, and who to follow on social media. Our recommendations revolved around geek culture. Our commentary and discussion on each recommendation was framed by the intersection of faith, reconciliation, and geek culture.