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We're Not Listening: An Open Letter to Academic Game Researchers

On Gamasutra, John Hopson says academics should not bother trying to get game designers to listen to any research that doesn’t translate into more money for game companies. When a researcher presents a product team with a set of research findings and recommendations, they are asking the team to invest time and money implementing their proposal. In order to convince the audience to spend that time and money, the researcher…

Rethinking Mass Culture

Douglas McLennan (Arts Journal): Newspapers have not traditionally been mass market. In fact they were the classic niche subsidy model. The genius of newspapers was that they aggregated lots of mini-content – comics, bridge columns, stock tables, crossword puzzles, the arts, business, sports – and built enough of a combined audience to subsidize the content that otherwise would not have paid for itself. I don’t know a single journalist who…

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Brokaw: Washington Post Print Paper 'Probably' Dead in 10 Years

Tom Brokaw, via businessandmedia.org: “I was at The Washington Post earlier today,” Brokaw said. “And in the lobby they’ve got a wonderful graphic describing how the printing press works and where it is … 75,000 copies an hour it can turn out. Its last run is at 2:15 in the morning and [has] an automatic paper roll that comes when they run out of paper and the ink is recharge…

Howl.com

In 2000, Salon posted an amusing spoof of Ginsberg’s Howl. I saw the best minds of my occupation destroyed by venture capital, burned-out, paranoid, postal, dragging themselves through the Cappuccino streets of Palo Alto at Dawn looking for an equity-sharing, stock option fix, HTML-headed Web-sters coding for the infinite broadband connection to that undiscovered e-commerce mother lode in the airy reaches of IP namespace, who poverty and ripped Yahoo tee…

The Laptop Club

An excerpt from a story about The Laptop Club, a group of kids who crafted their own laptops from construction paper. Name: Mandy Age: 8 How often do you use a computer? Five times a week. What do you like to do when you’re using a computer? Play games and write stories and poems. What will computers look like in the future? Well you see, if we had whole days…

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device

While the second-most-common rating that Amazon customers have given this product is five stars, some 40% have given the Kindle one star.  The vast majority have not purchased the product, but are simply warning other would-be customers about bad experiences with previous e-book purchases, including e-books purchased from Amazon. I still want one…

The Future of Reading

Via Newsweek: It is a more reliable storage device than a hard disk drive, and it sports a killer user interface. (No instruction manual or “For Dummies” guide needed.) And, it is instant-on and requires no batteries. Many people think it is so perfect an invention that it can’t be improved upon, and react with indignation at any implication to the contrary. “The book,” says Jeff Bezos, 43, the CEO…

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Lost Pig — Winner, IF Competition 2007

Lost Pig wins Interactive Fiction Competition 2007. Pig lost! Boss say that it Grunk fault. Say Grunk forget about closing gate. Maybe boss right. Grunk not remember forgetting, but maybe Grunk just forget. Boss say Grunk go find pig, bring it back. Him say, if Grunk not bring back pig, not bring back Grunk either. Grunk like working at pig farm, so now Grunk need find pig. Second place: An…

Scholarship in the Digital Age

Inside Higher Ed has an interview with Christine L. Borgman The scholarly communication system has evolved over a period of centuries — it doesn’t shift quickly. Scholarly journals still look a lot like they did in the 17th century, for example. The tenure system is a much stronger driver of scholarly infrastructure than is technology. Scholars are rewarded for publishing journal articles and books, in the right places. They are…