In an earlier post, I looked at the gamification of politics. This is the idea that politics (particularly in the US) is acquiring a “gamified structure” as our human sense-making impulses, overloaded by an “unending deluge of information” online, correlate all the content fed to us via social media compulsion loops (e.g. “likes” and their associated dopamine release) into conspiratorial meta-narratives, leading to growing political polarisation and radicalisation.[Read more…]
“Cyberspace: A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the non-space of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…”William Gibson, Neuromancer
Welcome to issue #3 of Hacking the Metaverse! I’ve been thinking of trying out a more structured format for the newsletter, with a regular set of features. Buuuut… I’ve also been on holiday in South Africa this month, so I’ll be introducing these features gradually over future newsletters.[Read more…]
“Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.”Heraclitus
Has reality become a game? In an essay recently published on The New Atlantis website, Jon Askonas, assistant professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America, argues that contemporary American politics is adopting the qualities of an Alternate Reality Game (ARG).[Read more…]
Hello World! I’ve decided to start a blog / newsletter thing. I first started blogging in 2008, back before social media ate everything. I haven’t really kept up with these “newsletters” (I share Jon Worth’s scepticism about their closed nature).
Still, if I can get away with calling my new blog a newsletter, then I may as well give it a shot (and, hopefully, if I give people the ability to subscribe by email then that will satisfy anyone who finds my retro website theme unreadable).[Read more…]