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Re: [xmca] Our brains may sleep no more on the Internet

Some comments of friends of mine (some are play researchers - but not under
a CHAT perspective)

 Amazing setting but interaction is non-existent. You can immerse into the
setting like nobody's business, but no interaction with actors or story.

The basic problem is that they have assumptions about how audiences will act
which do not account for the fact that different types of audience members
will prioritize different stimuli – specifically they assumed that the
audience would always follow actors around the set even when the actors were
not talking or doing anything particularly interesting. If you're primarily
a theatre goer, you'll probably do just that. If you're a gamer who liked
MYST, you'll do nothing of the sort – and MISS THE ENTIRE PLAY. (I did, and
there are no safeguards against it).

So yes, i think Cultural-Historical theory would have interesting things to
say about it, and this is very close to my object of study: role-playing
games. In this case live action role-playing games would be very
interesting. Hope to have an article on the subject soon.


2011/8/16 Michael Glassman <MGlassman@ehe.osu.edu>

> I wonder if other people are as interested in the juxtaposition of these
> two articles that are essentially about the same thing.  The first is an
> interview with Susan Greenfield, a neuroscientist.  Supposedly this
> interview, in which she claims the way the brain works is being
> qualitatively changed by the Internet is making quite a stir
> http://www.linkedin.com/news?actionBar=&articleID=701784883&ids=0Pe3wQe3sNc3sIdj4NcP0Qcz0Tb3ARe3gSdP8MdOMNczAOcjwOc3sId3cQczkTcz0T&aag=true&freq=weekly&trk=eml-tod-b-ttle-113
> I hope the link works.
> The second is an article is a discussion about a play Sleep No More in New
> York.  It is not only the hottest play among theater types in New York but a
> very new style of theater that the writer of the article suggests is based
> in computer games more than Shakespeare (it is based on McBeth).  It sounds
> extraordinary.  I know people traveling from all over the East Coast to
> catch this.  The style as a whole is not completely new, it is proscenium
> theater which has been around for a few years, but....well just read the
> article - really Shakespeare in the Internet age.
> http://www.salon.com/life/theater/index.html?story=/ent/feature/2011/08/16/sleep_no_more_args
> Really, I wonder, what would Cultural Historical theory have to say to all
> this - really this all started with Stanislavsky.  Is Shakespeare in the
> Internet Age the same as a grasshopper in Russian?  It makes you think.
> Michael
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