rgittens2's picture

The Chappelle Show and Alternative Facts as an Ego-Defensive Strategy

In 2003, Dave Chappelle released a daring sketch comedy on the Chappelle Show titled, “The Black White Supremacist”. It shows a Black blind man that has grown up believing he was a White man. He turns into the most extreme White supremacist and radically speaks anti-Black profanity all the while thinking he is a White man. [Full video is available here (Strong Language): http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/on-chappelles-show-black-white-supremacist-skit.html] ... read more »

Chris Ingraham's picture

Algorithms and Rhetorical Agency

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the fitness monitors that more and more people are wearing to monitor their health. Of course, it's less accurate to say that people wear fitness trackers to monitor their health, than that they do so to monitor the monitoring of their health by the media technologies they’ve allowed access to their bodies. That difference matters. And it matters particularly because algorithms, on which these technologies run, are making it necessary to rethink the idea of agency. ... read more »

Tanner Higgin's picture

A Case for Narrating Gameplay

Tanner Higgin's picture

Are Twitter Trends the New Barbershop?

Recently, a friend of mine joined Twitter and the first direct message he sent me was a simple question: “Why are all the people posting on Twitter trends black?”

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Games, Learning, and Society 5.0 Talk: Analyzing Race in Games

Last week I attended the Games, Learning, and Society conference.  I also presented a talk there on a panel entitled “Representations of Self and Other in Games” which was a pleasure because it was one of the few explicitly political panels at the conference. Given the educational focus of the conference and the large attendance by designers and educators, much of the dialogue was about how to design educational games and the consequences of learning in gamespace. ... read more »