Welcome. This is a blog for Narrative and Technology, a course being offered at the University of Pittsburgh during the Fall of 2014. The posts you will find here are by students participating in two sections of this class. The subtitle and theme of this course is “Narrating Information Technology in the Twenty-First Century.” Over the course of the semester we will be reading and engaging with the following texts and students will be responding to them. A copy of the syllabus: 9am section and 11am section.
The Primary Reading
Hilde G. Corneliussen and Jill Walker Rettberg, eds., Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A “World of Warcraft” Reader (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008).
Dear Esther (Brighton, UK: The Chinese Room, 2012).
Alexander R. Galloway, Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2004).
Gamer, directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Beverley Hills, CA: Lakeshore Entertainment, 2009).
Gone Home (Portland, OR: The Fullbright Company, 2013).
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café, 2013).
World of Warcraft (Irvine, CA: Blizzard Entertainment, 2004-2014).
The Secondary Reading
Alexander R. Galloway, “Gamic Action, Four Moments,” in Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2006), 1-38.
Alexander R. Galloway, “Warcraft and Utopia,” Ctheory.net (16 February 2006), http://www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=507.
Alexander R. Galloway, “We Are the Gold Farmers,” in The Interface Effect (Malden, MA: Polity, 2012), 120-143.
Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s” (1984), in The Haraway Reader (New York: Routledge, 2004), 7-46.
Martin Heidegger, “The Question Concerning Technology” (1954), trans. William Lovitt, in Basic Writings: Ten Key Essays, Plus the Introduction to “Being and Time”, rev. and ex. ed., ed. David Farrell Krell (1977; repr., San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1993), 307-341.
Frank Kermode, “The End,” in The Sense of and Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction with a New Epilogue, 2nd ed. (1967; repr., New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 3-31.