Your Homework is Play Video Games

Four schools in the UK will be testing a new program idea to use video games for educational use. An IT researcher, along with Electronic Arts (the software game giant) are funding the proposition. ‘We’re looking at developing some of the softer skills that are needed for the 21st century, such as problem-solving, resilience, persistence and collaboration.’ –Your Homework is Play Video Games (Slashdot) I’m filing this so I can get…

Doc on Ad Age

I tried an experiment, changing the ad copy in two publications in very subtle ways, just changing the superlatives I used to describe the product. In one publication I said it was flexible, in the other I said programmable, for example. Sure enough, when the editorial came out in each pub, they used the adjectives I had used in my ads. Exactly the same ones. It was as if they…

Harry Potter and the genetics lesson

In the scenario, there are two versions of the gene for magical ability — the M version, which creates muggles, and the W version, which is needed for wizardry. But everyone gets two copies of the gene — one from each parent — and even a single M scuttles any hope for a magical career. Only the lucky few with the genes WW will have magical ability. Those who are…

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Keeping Digital Comics Comics

It‘sprobably true that the easiest eye-catching technology to apply to comics, that some artists are doing, is to use techniques like Flash, and yes, that risks changing the form so much that they?re not comics anymore. –Andrew Stern –Keeping Digital Comics Comics (Grand Text Auto) A good overview of the tension between online comics and other genres.

Thinking About Theory's Empire

Today the theory era is effectively ending and the public intellectual tradition is reasserting itself, along with a renewed attention in the aesthetic that many theorists dismissed as no more than an ideological formation. But thanks to tenure and the intellectual investments we make as graduate students, theory will have a long afterlife. It will also continue to inflect how many important issues are discussed, including the role of language…

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Fair? Balanced? A Study Finds It Does Not Matter

Disregarding third-party candidates, Professors DellaVigna and Kaplan found that towns that offered Fox by 2000 increased their vote share for the Republican presidential candidate by 6 percentage points (to 54 percent, from 48 percent) from 1996 to 2000, while those that did not offer Fox increased theirs by an even larger 7 percentage points (to 54 percent, from 47 percent). When they made statistical adjustments to hold constant differences in…

Jay Rosen's New Lessons

The PoMos are right: Narratives don’t get built out of facts. Narratives tell us which facts matter. Within a narrative, it’s important that journalistic reports be accurate. But accuracy is not enough to bring about intelligibility or to tear down an existing intelligibility. –David Weinberger –Jay Rosen’s New Lessons (Joho the Blog) A great take on “Things I used to teach [about journalism] that I no longer believe.”