People at USI: Márcio Wariss Monteiro
I am Brazilian from the Amazon region and my hometown is Belém, the capital of the state of Pará. I graduated in Informatics from University of Amazon (UNAMA, 1993). After my graduation, I did two specializations: Computer Networks (1997) and Social Communication (2004). I did my Master as member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communications and Cyberculture (CENCIB), one of the research groups of the Program of Post-Graduate Studies on Communication and Semiotics at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP, 2006). My Master thesis, which was supervised by prof. Eugênio Trivinho, is entitled "The fallacy of interactivity: a critique of glocal practices in the cyberculture". It was based on a sociological approach and can be summed up as a critique of the utopian values attributed to the interactivity (undertood as an inherent characteristic of new media) and of the socio-cultural arrangement configured by the widespread use of interactive digital devices in the contemporary world. Since November 2007, I am a PhD student and assistent of the Institute of Linguistics and Semiotics (ILS) of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano (USI). Supervised by prof. Andrea Rocci, vice-director of ILS, I have been carrying out a research on interactivity as a cultural keyword and its argumentative power in some contexts like digital TV, elearning and web advertising. Yet, I am professor of the Department of Informatics at the Federal Centre for Technological Education of Pará (CEFET/PA). Even though I exclusively have been teaching since 2005, I used to work as programmer, system analyst, proofreader and speaker of radio and television programs.