Monthly Archives: April 2010

Video Games as Media Texts Comments Off on Video Games as Media Texts

This past week, the book Everything Bad Is Good For You ended up back on my reading list. I first read this book about a year and a half ago and it has become a favorite. Johnson’s arguments for the ‘sleeper curve’ are interesting and, I think, well thought out. What really gets me excited about the book though, are Johnson’s thoughts on why we participate in media and the importance of brain functionality/chemistry in why we choose one media instance over another. His ideas on these subjects corroborate my own thinking and support several of the concepts I hope to study further as part of my upcoming thesis work. I am a strong believer in his emphatic statement that “it’s not what you’re thinking about,… it’s the way you’re thinking that matters” (p. 40). I believe computer games and virtual environments hold enormous potential for teaching cognitive and critical thinking skills. Read More »

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All the People

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Chewing Gum Tree

Chewing Gum Tree

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