Story structure: it's not just for movies anymore

The idea isn’t new, but the phrasing is clear and effective.  Todd Alcott: Just as movies began as novelties shown before “real” entertainment, or as nickel entertainments in amusement arcades, well, that describes the early days of gaming as well. Movies went from Train Arriving at a Station to The Great Train Robbery in twelve years and from the 15-minute Great Train Robbery to the maximum-opus Birth of a Nation…

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Buying Its Way Onto the Program?

The idea of paying for positive coverage at a scholarly conference is 0% original. Inside Higher Ed reports on Turnitin.com’s awkward efforts to get positive coverage at the 4Cs next year.  (Via KairosNews, which links to blogger reactions.) The issue of paying professors to attend the 4C’s meeting is particularly sensitive because of the make-up of the association. Many of the people most knowledgeable about teaching composition are adjunct professors…

Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

Wired just loves technology. Here’s an article about a technological solution to forgetting. As a science fiction fan, I had always assumed that when computers supplemented our intelligence, it would be because we outsourced some of our memory to them. We would ask questions, and our machines would give oracular — or supremely practical — replies. Wozniak has discovered a different route. When he entrusts his mental life to a…