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Edges. Alan Meades Creative Contexts 20 th Jan 2012. A tough task…. Introduce essay 2 Discuss Videogames Discuss my research Remain informative (and perhaps engaging). I may not actually manage to do any. ideogames. This lecture is not about videogames… …strictly speaking.

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Edges

Edges.

Alan MeadesCreative Contexts

20thJan 2012


A tough task
A tough task…

  • Introduce essay 2

  • Discuss Videogames

  • Discuss my research

  • Remain informative (and perhaps engaging)


I may not actually manage to do any
I may not actually manage to do any.




  • Awesome Processing power,

  • Motionscan technology

  • Platform fanboys (and girls)

  • Massively-multiplayer

  • Retina display

  • Touchscreen

  • Interactive




Ivan Pavlov 1849-1936

Not actually Pavlov’s Dog


So, games are just about jumping through hoops, doing what we’re told. Orchestration and manipulation.(plenty of flaws in this perspective)





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Do these lines actually exist if they do where are they
Do these lines actually exist? we’re told. If they do where are they?


Individual consciousness public opinion taste etiquette culture rules regulations laws etc etc etc
Individual consciousness, we’re told. public opinion, taste, etiquette, culture, rules, regulations, laws…etc. etc. etc.


Are these lines static
Are these lines static? we’re told.

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Do the sides influence each other
Do the ‘sides’ influence each other? we’re told.

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Liminal liminality liminoid
tested and worked upon.Liminal’‘Liminality’‘Liminoid’


Victor Turner (1920 – 1983) tested and worked upon.


Can people be linimal can behavior be liminoid
Can people be tested and worked upon.linimal?Can behavior be liminoid?


The liminal person is
The tested and worked upon.Liminal person is…

  • “neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremony” (Turner, 1969).

  • “Betwixt and Between”

  • the “realm of pure possibility”

  • structural invisibility.


I am therefore not interested in videogames but the realm of pure possibility they offer
I am therefore not interested in videogames, but the ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


By what smashes through the line
By what smashes through the line… ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

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A am interested in transgressive play
A am interested in ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.Transgressive Play.


Why? ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


And by extension
And by extension… ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


And the new cultural practices that are becoming common
And the new cultural practices that are becoming common… ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


Mashup remix etc
Mashup ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer., Remix, etc.


And the transgressive processes that support them p2p filesharing security circumvantion etc
And the transgressive processes that support them… ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer. P2P, filesharing, security circumvantion etc.


‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


What happens when enough people start doing something transgressive
What happens when ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.enough people start doing something transgressive?


Hobbes social contract 1588 1679 see leviathan
Hobbes’ Social Contract ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.(1588-1679) See Leviathan

  • The State of Nature is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”…

  • So we the people give consent to be governed – "the mutual transferring of right”.

  • Law, under this model should reflect the views of the people.


Who loses out
Who loses out? ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


Past ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

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Past ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

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Is this a stable process is it a battle
Is this a stable process? ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.Is it a battle?


Are there casualties
Are there casualties? ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


Sopa and pipa or old world v future
SOPA ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.andPIPA(or old world v future)


Hitler or shirky
Hitler or ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.Shirky?

  • SHIRKYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9h2dF-IsH0I

  • HITLERhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uvXo4sGB7zM


SOPA ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

  • Stop Online Piracy Act: October 26th 2011 – US Bill 3261

  • Raised by a consortium of production companies - $94 million (estimated)


What it does
What it does ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

  • Removes offending websites from DNS

  • i.e. www.google.com > 216.239.51.99

  • Effectively the websites disappear from the internet (although they actually don’t apart from average users)…

  • …those actually involved in piracy would use the IPs.


Who proposed it
Who Proposed it? ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

  • Supporters:Universal, Warner, Viacom, Time Warner, Sony Music, News Corp, Random House, Penguin, Pearson, Disney, EMI, ESPN, BMI, BMG Chrysalis, ABC

  • Defectors:Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment

  • Opponents:AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, Mozilla, Wikipedia


Sopa was temporarily shelved
SOPA was temporarily shelved… ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.

  • Tuesday 17th Jan 2012


But it will be back
But it will be back. ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


Back to the beginning
Back to the beginning… ‘realm of pure possibility’ they offer.


Your essay explores the bridge between either side of the line
Your essay explores the bridge between either side of the line:

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My research explores the tensions between the line
My research explores the tensions between the line: line:

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The debates around sopa are fundamentally important within this scope
The debates around SOPA are fundamentally important within this scope:

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Any questions
Any questions? this scope:


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