The 'Media Party' is over

A political party is dying before our eyes – and I don’t mean the Democrats. I’m talking about the “mainstream media,” which is being destroyed by the opposition (or worse, the casual disdain) of George Bush’s Republican Party; by competition from other news outlets (led by the internet and Fox’s canny Roger Ailes); and by its own fraying journalistic standards. At the height of its power, the AMMP (the American…

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New Data Shatters Video Game Player Stereotypes: Gamers Regularly Involved in Community, Church, and Athletics

“Gamers are everywhere and they?re everyone. They are your friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives, and kids, they lead responsible and caring lives, balancing their enjoyment of interactive entertainment with many other activities important to a well-rounded lifestyle,” said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. “Indeed, those who continue to portray the game population as single-minded loafers are living in their own…

Aarseth's Anti-Quest

Aarseth, bringing up an overgeneralization in another recent article, his piece in First Person, goes on to admit that ?most proper narratologists, who actually have to think about and define narratives in a scholarly, responsible, and accurate way, are not guilty of this overgeneralization.? I have to wonder, then: Why is most of Aarseth‘sNarrative across Media article devoted to picking off straw-man pseudo-narratological arguments rather than advancing his potentially interesting…