The internet, we’ve all been told, is this mass democratizing conversation within a big virtual park. Anyone is allowed to participate (sort of)! We are told it’s an intangible space where people can safely share their opinions, innermost thoughts, and pornography (again, sort of). The internet is a place where […]
I finally adopted the cat in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. It took twenty Kim coins—one of three purchasable in-game currencies that I can use to buy clothing, accessories, furniture or goodwill from NPCs. I didn’t actually pay real money for these coins, the primary reason being that I’m broke, and the […]
“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s how it goes Everybody knows” –Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows […]
Today’s the nominal, totally-not-strict deadline for Candy Jam, part online game jam, part act of civil disobedience. The jam, organized by game developers Caribou and UUAV, was put together in protest of the legalistic shenanigans of developer King, and has culminated in a delicious pile of satire and jocularity.
Lately the private discussions of many people I respect have become public discourse, and I’m really relieved that this conversation is happening. Progressive and social justice communities, largely but not exclusively in the online sphere, have been plagued by misguided, maybe even exploited, hurt that has been whipped into unfocused […]