links for 2008-12-25

  • hysterical
  • faille!
    (tags: hilarious)
  • "Most games, as Poole argues, are work-like. They have a tightly designed structure in which the player has to earn points to win specific rewards… The trouble with these games isn’t that they are maladapted to the real world, it’s that they’re all too well adapted. The people who play them move from an education, much of it spent in front of a computer screen, full of competitive, repetitive, quantifiable, measured progress towards goals determined by others, to a work life, much of it spent in front of a computer screen, full of competitive, repetitive, quantifiable, measured progress towards goals determined by others, and for recreation sit in front of a computer screen and play games full of competitive, repetitive, quantifiable, measured progress towards goals determined by others. Most video games aren’t nearly irresponsible enough."
  • James Surowiecki on the decline of the newspaper industry, and how it isn't just that news corporations have failed to adapt to the Internet phenomenon, but that the problem is also also us: "We want access to everything, we want it now, and we want it for free. That’s a consumer’s dream, but eventually it’s going to collide with reality: if newspapers’ profits vanish, so will their product… Soon enough, we’re going to start getting what we pay for, and we may find out just how little that is."

One response to “links for 2008-12-25

  • rootlesscosmo

    i wandered over here from Moscow through Brown eyes and am happy to see another admirer of Marc Bloch and a link to Cosma Shalizi.

    I don’t know who Poole is, but I think one way out of the rut he describes is to learn a musical instrument and play music with friends.

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