Jane McGonigal:”Let the World-Changing Games Begin”






Jane McGonigal thinks that we can solve real-world problems by engaging people in large-scale, collaborative games. ┬áHer argument makes perfect sense the more you realize that many of our most creative, innovative people are hands-on learners – the very people that schools fail, but who thrive in virtual worlds. This interview expounds on McGonigal’s vision […]

An Ontology of Journalism






Earlier this year, I raised the question of what a journalist should know of philosophy, I received thoughtful advice from two good friends who are professional philosophers. One asked me to think about the ethics of publicity. The other told me that students shouldn’t take a “philosophy of journalism” course; they should take literary criticism […]

Why is the state allowed to define sex for the purpose of assigning rights?






This question has been simmering in the back of my mind for a long time. As a result of covering stories related to LGBT rights, and particularly, debates over hate crimes (see the “small murders” section) and┬ásame-sex marriage, it occurred to me that laws that use sex as a criteria for assigning marriage rights require […]

When artists and scientists collide: Steve Harrison on collaboration






Steve Harrison is an architect by training whose work in academia and industry has crossed into engineering, computer science and interactive media. He is also a provocative thinker about the value of cross-disciplinary collaboration in research and teaching. Steve is also my co-PI on the CPATH Distributed Expertise Project funded by the National Science Foundation. […]

The danger of a single story






This explains why I do what I do – and what I am trying to teach. I too come from a place and a people defined by one-dimensional stories. I find myself struck by the fact that African American literature was apparently not part of her youth in Nigeria, but Mariah Carey was.