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7-08-2008 @ 7:12PM
It seems to me that the role of academia is to observe things that everyone knows and understands and takes for granted and write about them in great detail using big words. The only difference between "smart people" and "average people" is that smart people take the time to write about stuff and get it published. It's just like in school, where the kids who got the best grades were not the smartest, but the ones who spent the most time doing homework.I'm glad that WoW, and video games in general, are getting attention as viable forms of entertainment and socialization. But seriously, her ground breaking acheivement was discovering that trolls are a poorly stereotyped Jamaican? Earth shattering.
7-11-2008 @ 9:55AM
Although I don't totally agree with the sentiment of this post, there's a lot of truth to it. However, what "everyone knows" is really never known by "everyone". What's common sense to the conservative Christian in rural Alabama is different from the jet-setting executive moving from condo to condo.On a second note, the uniqueness of WoW is the opportunity for user-created narratives, even though it isn't as free-form as, say, Second Life. What the game presents is interesting, but tons of people play this game without any clue about it. Instead, they act like the second coming of Naruto or InuYasha. There's a lot of odd stuff going on that you would never reasonably expect to emerge from the game as designed.
7-11-2008 @ 2:58PM
As someone who sees the world through an academic and media deconstructionist lens, I am always incredibly surprised at how little attention people actually pay to the entertainment they consume. While I distance myself from the academic paper language, I do think there is a lot of value in dissecting and understanding things. I'd much rather people did more thinking and talking about ideas/art/media. The U.S. in particular is suffering a severe shortage of people with adequate critical thinking skills.
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