The Implications of Archiving Social Media

In her article, “Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet, and That’s Okay”, Alexis Madrigal explores the feasibility of archiving digital platforms such as social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). She provides an example where Twitter offered their public tweets to the Library of Congress to archive. One LOC librarian excitedly said, “It boggles my mind…

The Black Box Society Reflection

Did anyone else feel an increasing sense of paranoia while reading Pasquale’s The Black Box Society? I always viewed privacy “rights” we are granted as citizens as ways we can prevent a tyrannical government. In the simplest sense, I compare these rights to how parents gradually grant their kids more and more freedom. As they are…

Pac Man: Too Hard, Too Easy, Or Just Right?

Growing up, I played Pac Man on an arcade console. It would be a fairly mindless exercise and even when I played it again for the first time in a while this weekend, I just relied on instincts to avoid the ghosts. Needless to say, I have never been very good. Then I began looking into…

Taking Fun Seriously

It seemed that, as a class, we generally believed that in order for videogames to be successful, they need to have some sort of “fun” component in them. Of course, there are many different ways to define “successful” but in this context I’m using 1) How wide of an audience does the game capture and…