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“Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers.”

Since Professor Fest is planning to give a lecture on the importance of liberal arts education, I thought this would be a good excuse for me to plug one of my all time favorite essays “Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers,” … Continue reading

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Passwords: “the tchotchkes of our inner lives”

I HIGHLY recommend this article on something so banal that I’ve never really given much thought to it: passwords. What could be more appropriate for a course on narrative and technology than a look at how we impose narrative on our computers, … Continue reading

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“Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All,” Laura Hudson’s article about a lot of what we’ve been talking about

This article recapitulates a lot of what we’ve covered in our unit on video games. Laura Hudson focuses on a program called “Twine” which allows users with limited programming knowledge to build games from scratch. She too points out that there seems … Continue reading

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How Ambiguity Helps Make “Dear Esther” a Game

“I find myself increasingly unable to find that point where the hermit ends and Paul and I begin. We are woven into a sodden blanket, stuffed into the bottom of a boat to stop the leak and hold back the ocean. My neck … Continue reading

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Rethinking Deviance

Torill Elvira Mortensen uses Azeroth as a microcosm to examine the nature of social deviance in her essay “Humans Playing World of Warcraft: or Deviant Strategies.” “The heavily rule-based arena of gaming makes it easier to pinpoint when an activity … Continue reading

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Sunil Tripathi: “Should Reddit Be Blamed For the Spreading of a Smear?”

Although we’ve changed gears, I wanted to call attention to Sunil Tripathi and this excellent story by the New York Times, Should Reddit Be Blamed For the Spreading of Smear. This is something I really wish I had brought up … Continue reading

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Opt-Out Dystopia (Assigned Post 2)

 From the scattered and polite applause, it was clear that few in the Great Hall knew who she was. Stenton gave her a stiff hug, and as she stood beside him, her hands clasped in front of her, he continued. “For … Continue reading

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