Publication = Motivation, Regardless of Medium…

Posted: October 25th, 2004 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

From BoingBoing, here is a link to a research study conducted by the London School of Economics and Poli-Sci that suggests (among other things) that simply being on the internet encourages children to create media content for it:

Kids online turn into creators

Foe Romeo reports on fascinating research suggesting that the Internet turns kids into creators, not consumers, of media.

Even more interestingly, the study found that 17% of young people have sent pictures or stories to a website and “online creativity can be encouraged through the very experience of using the internet.” That is, the more time kids spend online, the more likely they are to produce their own content. And interaction breeds interaction. Does that mean we can safely assume that as internet usage increases its media timeshare, more and more people will become creative producers as well as consumers?

And does online game play in particular have any connection to this increased propensity to create? Nathan Combs recently suggested in his Socially Charged Software post that multiplayer games have a “MODder dimension”, where “content is more than just accumulated and integrated, it is the product of collaboration and a shared value system of production: from inspiration through validation.” (See Habbo Hotel’s fan sites, for example.)

I am reminded of my undergraduate days, when I was involved with a group of professors and student writers that argued for publication (in the form of a departmental magazine) as a means of eliciting motivated student writing. Although the Choice Voice experiment was initially print-based, the similarity remains. Artificial writing scenarios (essay prompts) are doomed to fail because they are artificial and frequently do not engage a student’s interests; when students have access to the means of production and less constraints on that production, they want to produce (duh!). Now, the $64,000 question: how do you harness that power? And another: are we qualified to evaluate it?


PS. Shout-out to Bill Cole and his Donut Age blog, since he so kindly referenced me and mine therein.

Tom Ridge, We’ve Awakened the Sleeping Cats!

Posted: October 22nd, 2004 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Ashley and I have a friend, Jen, who recently moved into a house in a community outside of Decatur called Pine Lake, Georgia. They take a ripping good swipe at the national Terror Alert scale:

In other news, the focus of this blog is shifting, but only somewhat. Now that I’m back at OSU, I am working in the English Department’s Digital Media Project. I’ll keep providing my musings on new media studies/pedagogy/digital trickery and such-what, but against a slightly different physical backdrop. But you already knew that, didn’t you? I mean, it has been a few weeks at this point. Word.

Further Condolences…

Posted: October 10th, 2004 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Father of Deconstruction and general enfant terrible of the French intellectual world, Jaques Derrida passed away this past Friday at the age of 74. Pancreatic cancer was the culprit. Very sad, indeed.



Posted: October 5th, 2004 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Q: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Posted: October 5th, 2004 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

A: a debaser.

The Pixies concert at Vets Memorial here in Columbus last night was, as the French say, incroyable.

Random Poker News update:
In other news, the final Texas Hold’em tournament held @ the Easton Fado recently was won by me. Vegas, baby.




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