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It's a Simple Game

Victims of poor high schooling, of whom we have plenty at my university, often come to my classes asking, “Is this an ‘opinion paper’ or a ‘research paper’?” I tell them that that is a spectacularly bad question based upon a false dichotomy; that I’m interested neither in mere feckless opinion nor in the random accumulation of facts, but rather in reasoned argument based upon a secure empirical and philosophical…

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CCCC Chicago 2006

CCCC Chicago 2006 (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I’m in Chicago this week for the Conference on College Composition and Communication. I had a very hectic weekend doing some emergency blog maintenance, working an article I had promised and a story pitch for which I’ve got high hopes, and working ahead so my students can work on their own until I get back. I got in to the hotel about 9pm last night,…

What's wrong with serious games?

They’re meant to educate people by simulating real-world events and are often created with the best of intentions. Problem is, education, science and health care aren’t exactly the stuff of exciting entertainment, let alone video games. –Daniel Terdiman –What’s wrong with serious games? (C|Net News.com) Okay, but I’m uncomfortable with the word “entertanment,” since that carries the idea that the entertainer is doing the work, and the entertained just sits there.…