Games really need to fall out of love with Lovecraft
“It's time to let go of Lovecraft. No more tentacled multi-eyed monstrosities, no foggy fishing towns or ancient aliens posing as gods.”
videogames  lovecraft  links 
2 days ago
From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled”
White supremacists credit YouTube with being the single-most important media source in their radicalization.
links  YouTube  nazis  alt-right 
5 days ago
Standard Patterns in Choice-Based Games
A bit dated now, but still a good overview of the dynamic between interactive narrative structures and narrative motifs.
links  interactivefiction  IF  games 
8 days ago
“We’re Going to Have to Do Things That Are Unthinkable”: Masculinity/Games/Torture
Fascinating reading of torture in videogames as masculine ritual and affect (and builds on my own work on virtual torture)
links  torture  videogames 
9 days ago
Undum returns
Undum, an interactive fiction platform that was never as widely adapted as it should’ve been, is now on Github, complete with all the documentation. Go write something!
Links  IF  hypertext 
10 days ago
Walmart's Patent for a Biometric-Enhanced Cart
Walmart just patented a procedure for capturing customer health data via shopping cart handles. No way this data could be misused, no-sir.
Links  DIG101  data  surveillance 
10 days ago
Two popular conservative Twitter personalities were just outed as Russian trolls
Revisiting this 2017 article after reading about Kathleen Hall Jamieson's new "Cyberwar" book.
links  DIG101  Russia  trolls 
24 days ago
Amazon Alexa Will Take Over Your Home - The Atlantic
Will probably add this to my DIG 101 syllabus. And it would pair well with Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains.”
links  Alexa  syllabus  DIG101 
27 days ago
21 of the Best Horror Books by Women
I second many of the novels here, but will admit I was disappointed by The Grip of It.
links  horror  fiction 
4 weeks ago
First Monday Volume 23, Number 9
The entire September 2018 issue of First Monday is devoted to emoji 💛🧡❤️💚💙💜
emoji  syllabus  links 
4 weeks ago
GIFs as Disinformation Remedy (aka The GIF Curriculum)
Explainer GIFs for link-averse media consumers…Perfect for my DIG 101, where we’re discussing animated GIFs next week and Internet conspiracies a few weeks later.
Links  syllabus  dig101  GIFs  media_literacy 
4 weeks ago
THE MEANING OF COLORS by Molleindustria
An MS Painterly send-up of conspiracy culture
Links  syllabus  DIG101  conspiracies 
5 weeks ago
All the Emoji
A good Emoji resource, with hex codes FOR ALL THE EMOJI
links  emoji  javascript 
6 weeks ago
The Nimble Tents Toolkit for Rapid Response Research
Seriously thinking about making a rapid response research project part of my spring “Hacking, Remixing, and Design” seminar.
links  syllabus  dig401 
7 weeks ago
Around the Antenna Tree: The Politics of Infrastructural Visibility
We touched upon Lisa Park’s critique of the hypervisibility/weird invisibility of antenna trees yesterday in DIG 101. Wish we could have spent more time on it.
syllabus  DIG101  links  infrastructure 
7 weeks ago
AI Literacy: The basics of machine learning
Just discovered this great AI primer from Liz Daly. Perfect for the syllabus.
links  syllabus  DIG101  AI 
8 weeks ago
Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to one
Key quote: “It is unclear what other criteria Facebook measures to determine a user’s score, whether all users have a score, and in what ways they’re used.”
facebook  DIG101  links  syllabus 
8 weeks ago
Take
A limited parser game with only one command: Take
IF  Inform  games 
8 weeks ago
Fabricationist DeWit Remakes the World
A Twine game about rebooting the world after the apocalypse
links  Twine  syllabus  games  IF 
8 weeks ago
Parser Parer
A tool to shrink recognized commands in Inform in order to create limited parser games. Good for games about power and agency.
links  IF  Inform  code  games 
8 weeks ago
twitter.com
Gotta pull this out whenever we talk about infrastructure in class.
syllabus  DIG101  links 
8 weeks ago
Battery death is the new horror film staple · kottke.org
Going to revisit this next semester for my Death in the Digital Age course
links  syllabus  dig215  digitaldeath 
9 weeks ago
"10 Gaps for Digital Literature" - Serge Bouchardon #ELO18 Keynote
A birds-eye view of the state of the field, plus a good assortment of links to digital literature old and new.
links  syllabus  DIG220  elit 
9 weeks ago
Nintendo's Offensive, Tragic, and Totally Legal Erasure of ROM Sites
Nintendo sees emulation only through the lens of IP, sadly. What about preservation, access, or pedagogy?
videogames  fms321  links  syllabus 
9 weeks ago
The death of truth: how we gave up on facts and ended up with Trump
A great critique of that awful earnest bromide "Teach the controversy" from Michiko Kakutani
links  truth  syllabus 
9 weeks ago
Maps as Media – Fall 2018
As usual, @shannonmattern's new course on maps as media looks awesome. Gorgeous design, but even better, wonderful pedagogy.
links  syllabus  maps  digitalhumanities 
9 weeks ago
Horror Blackademics: The Get Out (2017) Syllabus
Some great resources here for teaching the intersectionality of "Get Out"
links  syllabus  horror  intersectionality 
9 weeks ago
Why Reddit’s face-swapping celebrity porn craze is a harbinger of dystopia
There are a lot of deep fake articles out there, but I think this is the one I'll use in Intro to Digital Studies this year.
links  DIG101  syllabus  conspiracy  truth  deepfake 
10 weeks ago
Microsoft’s Undersea Data Center
You can easily apply Holt and Vonderau’s critique of the discourse around data centers in “Where the Internet Lives” to Microsoft’s discourse about its undersea data center.
syllabus  DIG101  links 
10 weeks ago
PYMK: A Controversial Facebook Feature's 10-Year History
Facebook’s People You May Know “mines information users don’t have control over to make connections they may not want it to make.”
surveillance  DIG101  links  syllabus 
10 weeks ago
Watch an Art Work About the Dark Web, on the Dark Web | The New Yorker
Dark Content is a video series on the dark web about people who perform commercial content moderation on the open web.
links  DIG101  syllabus 
10 weeks ago
xkcd: Free Speech
Every once in a while it's worth resurfacing this xkcd explainer of free speech.
links  comics  freespeech  xkcd 
10 weeks ago
Who are QAnon supporters? The QAnon subreddit, analyzed with data. - Vox
Excellent digital forensics work on QAnon. Surprise! Most QAnon posters also post on videogames and Men’s Rights.
DIG101  conspiracy  links  syllabus 
10 weeks ago
What HBR Gets Wrong About Algorithms and Bias · fast.ai
“algorithms can often exacerbate underlying societal problems”
links  dig101  syllabus 
10 weeks ago
The consequences of framing digital humanities tools as easy to use | hc:20283 | Humanities CORE
Paige Morgan's engagement with Tsing's theory of nonscalability is worth including in my DIG 401 (Hacking, Remixing, and Design) class.
links  dig401  syllabus  hacking  digitalhumanities 
10 weeks ago
How journalists should not cover an online conspiracy theory | Opinion | The Guardian
Another great piece by Whitney Phillips, one of the best thinkers about toxic media. A critique of they way the news has covered QAnon conspiracists.
DIG101  syllabus  links 
10 weeks ago
This is why Alex Jones has been able to get away with exploiting social media - The Washington Post
Worth including on my DIG 101 syllabus, where I will have a whole section on conspiracies.
DIG101  syllabus  conspiracy  links 
10 weeks ago
Unintended Consequences to Google Context Cards on Conspiracy Videos?
A good look at how affordances of platforms could enable a kind of crackpot hermeneutics.
DIG101  syllabus  conspiracy  links 
11 weeks ago
Yelp, The Red Hen, And How All Tech Platforms Are Now Pawns In The Culture War
A Buzzfeed piece on the way fringe political groups hijack social media platforms.
syllabus  DIG101  links 
june 2018
How to Open Javascript Bookmarklets from the Firefox Quantum URL Bar
I opened about:config, clicked the “I accept the risks” warning, and searched for browser.urlbar.filter.javascript – et viola. Double clicked to toggle to false, and instantly * pinboard worked as hoped.
javascript  Firefox  bookmarklet 
june 2018
The Oxygen of Amplification | Data & Society
Fantastic report from Data & Society on the ways the media inadvertently amplifies the messaging of hate groups
DIG101  conspiracy  syllabus  links 
may 2018
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