“Frankenstein” remixed

Wish I had come across this a little earlier in the term… too late it to add it to my “Media and Culture” new media seminar. Morris — a novelist who has written graphic novels, games and, yes, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories for kids — has changed the original text in other ways, as well. (Let’s take a moment here to point out to all future narrative app developers that hiring a…

Dan Rather Outspoken: Still Battling CBS News

I knew Rather was still fighting, but I didn’t know what he’s saying now about the Killian memos that ended his career: A CBS-commissioned investigation of the disaster—headed by Richard Thornburgh, U.S. attorney general when Bush’s father was president, and Associated Press chief executive Louis D. Boccardi—faulted Rather and his top producer, Mary Mapes, among others, for their misplaced reliance on a dubious source and their sloppy vetting of the…

A Very Pricey Pineapple – NYTimes.com

An American child could go to a public school run by Pearson, studying from books produced by Pearson, while his or her progress is evaluated by Pearson standardized tests. The only public participant in the show would be the taxpayer. If all else fails, the kid could always drop out and try to get a diploma via the good old G.E.D. The General Educational Development test program used to be…

Online Trolls Losing Anonymity

The Internet has become a Wild West of hooligans apt to besmirch the name of anybody they don’t like, because they think they can get away with it under a cloak of anonymity, legal experts say. “The real difficulties you are going to have is finding who are the John Does who are posting this stuff,” said Frank Snyder, a law professor at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. Indeed,…

The Historical Williamsburg Living Narrative by Hap Aziz — Kickstarter

Backed. The Historical Williamsburg Living Narrative allows you meet the people and experience the circumstances that lead to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The setting is Williamsburg, Virginia, in colonial times, and game is pure Interactive Fiction: engaging prose will take your imagination back nearly 250 years into the history of the United States of America–before it was a country. –The Historical Williamsburg Living Narrative by…

Walden, A Game – USC School of Cinematic Arts

Walden, A Game simulates both personal and environmental life, modeling the basic personal needs outlined by Thoreau, as well as some of the more experiential concepts he described. Furthermore, the game takes advantage of the detailed notes that Thoreau took about the pond, and its surrounding landscape, flora and fauna. –Walden, A Game – USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Khan Academy and the Effectiveness of Science Videos – YouTube

Interesting implications for the flipped classroom.  If students think they already understand something, they’ll tune out of a video lecture. Students watched a science video they frequently described as “clear,” but in a post-test it turns out the video had actually confirmed their incorrect assumptions. When students watched a second video that first presented and then corrected common misconceptions, they never described that video as “clear,” and in fact they…

Obituary: Les Banos / Spy against the Nazis, longtime sports photographer

My son and I heard Mr. Banos speak just last week at a Holocaust memorial ceremony. There was one evening a few years ago when someone browsing the television channels could see Les Banos’ face and European accent in two unrelated historical documentaries demonstrating the breadth of an unusual life. In one made by the BBC, the Hungarian-born Mr. Banos was interviewed about the German occupation of his homeland during…

Oh, the Lives That You’ll Save – Tweed – The Chronicle of Higher Education

His real name was Geisel, Theodor (with no “e”). An incredibly generous Author was he. An alum from the class of nineteen twenty-five, They say he gave more than any alive. And for that they’ll remember him and his wife (the woman with whom he spent most of his life). The medical school will carry a plaque (one you might see if you swallowed a tack or got mauled by…