To Live and Die in LA

“I’ve collected hundreds of rejection slips from agents, producers, and studios. Recently, all this changed. I wrote an article last year called “Hacking Las Vegas” (Wired 10.09), and the next thing I know I’m being approached to turn it into a movie starring Spacey…. But I’ve heard rumors that have made me question my confidence – whispers of a dirty little industry practice that has brought me here to Utah…

The Seven Digital Sins

“Only a few years ago professors rarely encountered marketing in the Ivory Tower. When we did, the marketing had substance — book dealers with free review copies of books, office-supply vendors with reorder requests, discounts on scientific or literary publications, and the like.|Now we’re deluged with ploys that have little to do with our academic interests or lifestyles, simply because we visited an Internet site or ill-advisedly clicked. We’re list-served,…

Ethics in Videogame Journalism

“The Sims Online married a hot concept — multiplayer online gaming — to The Sims, the best-selling PC game series of all time. In addition, it was designed in part by Will Wright, one of the game industry‘smost renowned developers. All of this combined into a rich maelstrom of hype: The Sims Online was featured on the cover of the Nov. 25, 2002, issue of Newsweek and GameSpot posted a…

Does the Camera Lie?

I’ve come across two websites that use news photos to tell very different stories. A Tale of Two Cities contrasts photos of anti-war protests in San Francisco with photos of Iraqi citizens kissing US soldiers and celebrating in Baghdad. But “A Tale of Two Photos” shows a wide-angle shot of the site of statue torn down by Iraqis, where it appears the square is nearly empty, surrounded by US tanks.…