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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 30 2013

Being right is not enough

In conversation with Twitter friends, I asked about whether we should attempt to find a term that better portrays video games as not being strictly for children. I used the example of “graphic novels” to illustrate this point, since graphic novel “sounds” more mature, more adult, despite many of us still calling them comics, regardless. …

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Sep 29 2013

Ban all the comments?

In my latest for Big Think, I engage with whether we should remove ALL THE COMMENT SECTIONS (obviously not). I wrote this in light of recent discussions with meatspace conversations and Popular Science’s recent decision.

Sep 23 2013

Essay on villains (and video games)

I wrote a long piece on villains – as they appear in video games, but it doesn’t necessarily apply solely to video games. I’ve had this villain stick that I’ve been beating my favourite creative medium with, for some time. I’m considering turning this into an ebook for Press Select (a digital publisher aimed at …

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Sep 18 2013

Nerds, (fake) geeks, sluts and other “words”

“Geek”, “nerd”, “fake geek”. I just can’t understand these terms. I see them a lot, usually used harshly and usually at women. I’ve not been able to find out what people (read: usually very angry dudes) mean when they use these terms. I’m not seeking a definition as they see it, only; I’m also looking …

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Sep 18 2013

Having children and selfishness

I wrote a piece replying to another South African writer regarding the tired assertion linking selfishness and child-free. I’ve been trying to tease out a proper justification for why someone would claim you’re selfish for not wanting children, but it’s never really held firmly. At the very least, I can “understand” what my opponents in …

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Sep 16 2013

Dear “fans”, we need to have a talk…

Fans of a thing embarrass other fans of the same thing. In this case: Angry gamers do something stupid that embarrasses other gamers. It’s a story we hear so often, these stories have become an indistinguishable mess of frustrating idiocy; a wrong not merely anchored by entitlement and immaturity, but damage to the very thing …

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Sep 15 2013

Every (bad) Internet comment ever

Or at least four of them I think terrible. What are your worst?  

Sep 08 2013

Suicide, stigma and social media

A US sports analyst chartered his decision to commit suicide. He didn’t have any of the usual reasons people commit suicide: ill-health, losing autonomy, etc; it was made rationally (as rationally as is possible in such circumstances), on his 60th birthday, and done to prevent any chance of deterioration. After reading about, I recognised how …

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Sep 02 2013

‘Cybersexism’ by Laurie Penny: a review and essay

I wrote a review for Laurie Penny’s book Cybersexism at Big Think. In it, Penny, a well-known and much loved (and of course hated) British writer on politics, feminism and many other topics, outlines the current model of sexism online. Using her own and other women’s experiences, she outlines why it occurs, the ground from …

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