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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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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.


Ideogames

ideogames


This lecture is not about videogames strictly speaking

This lecture is not about videogames……strictly speaking.


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  • Awesome Processing power,

  • Motionscan technology

  • Platform fanboys (and girls)

  • Massively-multiplayer

  • Retina display

  • Touchscreen

  • Interactive


It is all a waste of time in my opinion

It is all a waste of time.(in my opinion)


Stimulus response

Stimulus Response


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Ivan Pavlov 1849-1936

Not actually Pavlov’s Dog


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


I don t actually think i m interested in videogames

I don’t actually think I’m interested in videogames.


I m interested in lines

I’m interested in lines.


Lines that mark a boundary

Lines that mark a boundary…


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Do these lines actually exist if they do where are they

Do these lines actually exist?If they do where are they?


Individual consciousness public opinion taste etiquette culture rules regulations laws etc etc etc

Individual consciousness,public opinion, taste, etiquette, culture, rules, regulations, laws…etc. etc. etc.


Are these lines static

Are these lines static?

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Do the sides influence each other

Do the ‘sides’ influence each other?

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There is a sense of an edge that is being explored tested and worked upon

There is a sense of an ‘Edge’ that is being explored, tested and worked upon.


Liminal liminality liminoid

‘Liminal’‘Liminality’‘Liminoid’


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Victor Turner (1920 – 1983)


Can people be linimal can behavior be liminoid

Can people be linimal?Can behavior be liminoid?


The liminal person is

The 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…

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A am interested in transgressive play

A am interested in Transgressive Play.


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Why?


And by extension

And by extension…


And the new cultural practices that are becoming common

And the new cultural practices that are becoming common…


Mashup remix etc

Mashup, Remix, etc.


And the transgressive processes that support them p2p filesharing security circumvantion etc

And the transgressive processes that support them… P2P, filesharing, security circumvantion etc.


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What happens when enough people start doing something transgressive

What happens when enough people start doing something transgressive?


Hobbes social contract 1588 1679 see leviathan

Hobbes’ Social Contract(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?


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Is this a stable process is it a battle

Is this a stable process?Is it a battle?


Are there casualties

Are there casualties?


Sopa and pipa or old world v future

SOPAandPIPA(or old world v future)


Hitler or shirky

Hitler or Shirky?

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

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


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SOPA

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • Tuesday 17th Jan 2012


But it will be back

But it will be back.


Back to the beginning

Back to the beginning…


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:

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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?


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