Monthly Archives: September 2014

Extreme Security Measures

The book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow brought up many ideas and concepts that I did not know or think about. The idea of privacy and security and these wide spread implications were well illustrated in his novel. The concept … Continue reading Continue reading

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Watch Out for the Middleman

The section of the book that most caught my attention can be found at the beginning of Chapter 10. Marcus is in the early stages of setting up the Xnet and is beginning to realize that his heavily encrypted system … Continue reading Continue reading

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Protection & Prosecution

The passage in Little Brother that drew my attention the most was at the beginning of the book when Marcus and Darryl are escaping school. The emphasis on the face detection and gait detection that was used around the halls of … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Nod to the Opposition

Little Brother, while it is an incredible novel, is also a brilliant argument. The construction of the novel reads like a well planned out, immensely entertaining argumentative essay. Cory Doctorow presents readers with a situation in which privacy is being … Continue reading Continue reading

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Where My “Nerd Girls” At?

Professor Clayton asked a question on Thursday that has stuck with me. Are those of us who were excited about Nashville Comic Con, who are into gaming and sci-fi and fantasy, outliers in the Vanderbilt community? I’d like to say no, outright. But in my last writing workshop we were critiquing a story that made […] Continue reading

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How Important is a Narrative, Really?

In class, we’ve discussed the quality and general theme of narrative in modern video games and how well the narratives translate to gameplay. For example, in one of our Coursera videos, the point was raised that LOTRO sticks closely to the storyline of the original text, but does a poor job of translating it into […] Continue reading

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Die Auswirkungen des Nationalsozialismuses auf Schabbach in Heimat Folgen 3 und 4

In Folgen 3 und 4 von Heimat wird der Nationalsozialismus sehr groß in Deutschland. Sogar in der kleinen Stadt Schabbach kann man die Auswirkungen sehen. Viele Leute sind in der Nazi-Partei. In Folge 2 hat Wiegand sich für den Nationalsozialismus … Continue reading Continue reading

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Women And The Gaming World, also #Gamersgate

I’m not going to lie, I approached the whole gaming world with many pre-conceived notions and stereotypes of gaming culture and the very people that played these games. I pictured the overweight, late-twenties male in a stained and dirty t-shirt hidden in his parents’ basement playing games alone for hours, with the reflective glow of […] Continue reading

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Die Wirkung des Nationalsozialismuses in Schabbach

Die Ankunft des Nationalsozialismuses in Schabbach gibt den Bürger finanzielle Sicherheit und Stabilität, besonders im Gegensatz zu der Unsatbilität, die sie während der Zeit Weimarer Republik erfuhren.  Diese Entwicklung wird deutlich durch die Besitzungen der Leute. Zum Beispiel besitzen viele … Continue reading Continue reading

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Free Friday: Breathe

Breathe written and illustrated by Scott Magoon (2014) is a delightful and beautiful children’s book about a young whale learning how to be a whale. Each page of Breathe contains a colorful and perceptive illustration with a simple instruction for the whale calf (who is never named, but who is described as “little whale” on […] Continue reading

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