Literature and Social Reflection (or: Yet Another Essay on Thomas Mann)

Among the works of literature dealing with Fascism or authoritarianism, it is often the dystopias that take center stage; both classics like Brave New World, and newer works such as Ready Player One - not to mention the burgeoning genre of Young Adult Dystopian literature - have gripped the imagination in troubling times and been utilized as … Continue reading Literature and Social Reflection (or: Yet Another Essay on Thomas Mann)

Critique of Swarm – Part 4

IV - DEMEDIATIZATION “Because of the demediatization of communication, journalists - elite ‘opinion makers,’indeed, the erstwhile priests of opinion - now seem increasingly anachronistic and superflous. The digital medium is in the course of abolishing an end to the era of representation. Instead, everyone wants to be present personally and directly - to present his … Continue reading Critique of Swarm – Part 4

Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played pt. 3: Comparisons

Having talked about The Beginner's Guide and The Magic Circle individually, I want to talk about them in conjunction. In many ways these games are synchronous, but also quite disparate. I don't really like being so harsh on The Beginner's Guide, partly because it did move me when I played it. I don't want to criticize games … Continue reading Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played pt. 3: Comparisons