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The Body Electric

The Body Electric

  As I sit writing, my fingers glide over the keyboard, and I occasionally stop to track my mouse back and forth as I edit. I stop and start, my hands guiding the action on screen deftly (but sometimes not so much) as my eyes drift back and forth between this project and the others. I am tremendously productive this way. But to my wife and our cat, I am simply sitting very still for an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aesthetics, Featured, Playgrounds, The Body, Uncategorized

Laboring to Play: Information, Work, and Video Games

Laboring to Play: Information, Work, and Video Games

As the home game console controller becomes the most familiar tool in a young person’s hands, it is important to turn a critical eye toward the intersection of work and video games. From a historical perspective, the human race has harnessed its natural environment in the service of accomplishing goals through a succession of technological inventions and adaptations (e.g. the stone chisel gave way to the metal chisel, the horse-drawn plow gave way to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural Studies, Featured, Labor, Military, Play, Playgrounds, Political Economy, Uncategorized

Building the Playgrounds. Finding labor in play.

Building the Playgrounds. Finding labor in play.

Where does a blog start? What is the social impetus for a group to donate hours of their time to the simple, but time consuming, art of blogging? For many there is a desire to connect with a broader community. The visionaries and architects of cyberspace have long maintained that the Internet is a space which fosters the intellectual growth and proclivity of the geek unconscious. I can’t deny it, I’m here to meet other … Read entire article »

Filed under: Community, Featured, Labor, Literature Review, Narrative, Play, Playgrounds