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How we play today

Down on the collective gold farm: I review Nick Yee’s important and thought-provoking study of how people live in massively multiplayer online games.  It’s called The Proteus Paradox, and I commend it to anyone interested in gaming, online life, or … Continue reading

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Reading In The Plex

I offer another book review: A very useful book on recent technological history, In the Plex (2011; Amazon) takes us through the history of Google. The subject is obviously important to anyone seeking to understand cyberspace and the digital world. It’s … Continue reading

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The Unwinding

I’ve taken to writing longer reviews of books at Goodreads.  As an experiment I’ll cross-post them here. George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America is an admirable, very engaging work. It’s one of the best histories of our … Continue reading

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Connecting with phone phreaks

Who were the phone phreaks, and why do they matter to our times? I address these questions in my review of Phil Lapsley’s entertaining and useful Exploding the Phone (2012). One quote I offer as a sampler: If idle hands are … Continue reading

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Reviewing _College_

A very engaging yet deeply frustrating book, Andrew Delbanco’s College tries to offer a grand vision of higher education, but falls into the error of mistaking a niche for the whole. College is, mostly, a pleasure to read. Delbanco is … Continue reading

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On The New Digital Storytelling

Here’s a good review of my 2011 book. Interesting to see how Peter Hoefgen finds parts of NDS already a bit out of date.  That’s correct, of course.

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The New Digital Storytelling, reviewed

Good review from Zenpundit: The New Digital Storytelling should be the standard guide for anyone who wants to use all the new digital gadgets available to tell their story; this book is an excellent one-stop resource. …an excellent, highly readable, … Continue reading

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