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'Sleep No More' and Storytelling in Games

'Sleep No More' and Storytelling in Games | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
What happens when a production company stages an interactive theater experiment? It starts to resemble a video game.

 

Believe it or not, I do listen to podcasts about subjects other than video games. For example, the Freakonomics podcast is one of my regularly weekly downloads. However, this isn’t to say that I’m not still thinking about games while listening to a supposedly unrelated topic. Case in point: the recent episode called “Fear Thy Nature”.

 

The show, like all Freakonomics episodes, was about trying to figure out what influences human behavior. This particular episode looked at how our social environments impact our actions and devoted a significant chunk of time to discussing an interactive theater production called Sleep No More. Freakonomics framed Sleep No More as a bold experiment in socialization and storytelling, and I have no doubt it is very impressive both as a piece of theater and in its relation to social science tests like the Stanford Prison Experiment. However, as someone familiar with video games, many of the statements made in the podcast (some of which I’ve included here) sounded very familiar.

 

“An immersive, interactive theater piece,” - Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics Co-host

 

Right away, two of the most frequently used video game watchwords are invoked to describe the play. Regardless of genre, games require active participation and attention to unfamiliar guidelines. Sleep No More requires the same type of engagement by asking audience members to piece together a retelling of Macbeth by exploring a multi-room building....


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A rose by any other name...would not seem so... innovative? Brilliant look at theater analysis & semantics from non-game perspective through gamer eyes. Love the reference to necessity of masks.
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“Getting Funded is Only Part of the Story”: Kickstarter Embraces Timeline Film Pages with Spotlight | Filmmaker Magazine

“Getting Funded is Only Part of the Story”: Kickstarter Embraces Timeline Film Pages with Spotlight | Filmmaker Magazine | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Kickstarter has rolled out today Spotlight, a very clever new design option for their project pages. On first glance it seems simple -- sort of like Facebook's
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Every Kickstarter project has a story at its core.  The Spotlight format accentuates both the narrative that created the project but allows the backers to enter into the journey along the way.  Done well, it can create a sense of immersion that increases engagement.

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15 Digital Storytelling Tools | Listly List

Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas.
Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills. | Animoto - Make & Share Beautiful Videos Online, How to use Bubblr, Capzles Classrooms Overview Video, Creaza Cartoonist Tutorial, GoAnimate for Schools Demo, ACMI - Generator, Make Beliefs Comix Tutorial, M
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Awesome tools list - also underscores the increasingly tough job it is for educators to stay current given the cost in time and $ of new platforms combined with what it takes to integrate technology tools into lessons, curricula and/or course construction.

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The Psychology of Twitter

The Psychology of Twitter | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
In an age where millions of people document their lives online, it begs the question: what are the psychological reasons behind Twitter? Read more about the psychology of social media here.
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Belonging, love and affection all boil down to social connection--the primary driver of behavior hardwired into our primitive brains.  Part of the social connection dynamic is social validation, or that basic need to understand how we fit in the world and where our skills, talents and being are valued.  When others respond, it reinforces our sense of value and increases our sense of connectedness emotionally and physically by triggering our neuro-reward center.  Twitter's format of brevity and frequency mimics F2F conversation creates a sense of directness, lack of mediation and authenticity that enhances our feelings of connectedness.  


What tweets get shared?  The ones that are relationship building--recognition of others or value to others.

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21 Must-do Activities to Boost your Web TV Show or Movie Audience

Created by the folks at http://www.conducttr.com The document provides 21 practical ideas for how to extend your storyworld beyond the video channel to engage …
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Specific, practical and creative activities by @robpratten and the folks at @conducttr  to expand reach and touch.  Narrative experience is supported by actions, emotions and artifacts that lessen the experiential gaps and create a more immersive and continuous psychological experience.

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MOOC design : from peer assessment to social networks

MOOC design : from peer assessment to social networks | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

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MOOCs seem like a simple concept, but they demand a new way of approaching education--it means REALLY letting the learner be in charge of their learning rather than having professors be both the font of knowledge and gatekeeper/policeman.  The design structure to accommodate large numbers of participants, deliver content at multiple levels, different learning styles and demanding different time investments while including assessment strategies that evaluate a reasonable level of expertise and provide feedback of any value for the participant, while precluding cheating, is nearly impossible.  This traditional model is behind the Certificates offered for a price.  They are a clever way of monetizing MOOCs, but not a very reliable representation of knowledge acquisition.   The movement toward peer assessment is an interesting permutation, but still begs the question of how (or if) knowledge should be demonstrated and documented.

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A guide for managing higher and lower level participants in an open mooc.

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The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

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One of the exciting gifts of the rising popularity of gaming and, by extension, game design is the increased visibility and appreciation of relationships among user experience, psychology and narrative.  This creates a broader understanding of the need for psych theories, like Flow, in thinking about and designing media and technology (#mediapsych).  As this excellent article illustrates, Flow, like narrative, is based on the fundamental push/pull of energy in every experience, the inherent conflict that moves life forward.  Flow is a masterful model of how this balance translates into psychological engagement.

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Maria Popova:  "Great stories, like great life-stories, are woven of the same interplay between fertile ennui and surmountable frustration — so argues writer Peter Turchi in one especially rewarding section of the altogether stimulating A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic (public library | IndieBound)."

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AR for Beginners - Augmented Reality in 8 GIFs

AR for Beginners - Augmented Reality in 8 GIFs | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

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The AR narrative - show, don't tell.  AR is almost impossible to tell someone about if they haven't seen it.  The technology is getting better but AR is only just touching it's potential to create user value beyond the 'new and thrilling' factor.  Helpful to see the range of applications and think about how AR can significantly impact/disrupt current behavior and support human goals while minimizing the physical burden of tech devices.

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Evan Freethy:  "From previewing virtual furniture in your home to mapping 3D environments, Augmented Reality applications are best explained with pictures, not words."

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The implementation of the Augmented Reality tecnology in the architecture field present the possibility of changing for the best the way architects interact with their clients, allowing them to understand in a more compreenhensive way the building and the funiture they are paying for. This tecnology will also allow the client to take their house with them and present it to any friend or family, creating a feeling of affection for the build even before it is built.

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January 31, 2015 | FULL SHOW | #109 - Men's Health Live - Episodes | ERNLive.com

January 31, 2015 | FULL SHOW | #109 - Men's Health Live - Episodes | ERNLive.com | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Find out how to throw the ultimate Super Bowl bash and how your smartphone can save your life! Plus: The Measles outbreak continues to surge. Who's to...
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Great fun joining @MensHealth_Live (FB @MensHealth) to talk about at what age you should give your child a smartphone.  We were talking about the child's age, but it occurs to me that the parent's age probably comes into play here, too :)  I wish there were easy black and white answers to questions like this, but most parenting decisions come down to two things: judgment and maturity.  Parents' have to make a judgment about their child's maturity, how the child handles decision making and responsibility, and the intended use of a smartphone.  Some parents find it helpful to be able to contact their kids when they are picking up and delivering them from various activities; some find having a way for kids to check in increases their safety.  That's different from a providing a smartphone because "everyone else has one."  (We all used that line.  It was never true.)


Parents also have to model their own maturity in two ways -- learning about how your children are using the phone, what apps they use (and why) and providing some rules and boundaries that make sense.  Key word here is learning which requires listening, not lecturing.  Lecturing and kneejerk reactions never work with tweens and teens.  It just drives behavior underground where you can't see it.  If you can't see what they're doing, you can't provide guidance.  


Parents should exercise their own judgment about smartphone use, too.  If you don't want phones at the table,don't bring yours.  Model the kind of behavior you want to instill in your kids, from good manners and empathy to being mindful of how you use technology.  Technologies, like smartphones, are tools.  We own them, they aren't supposed to own us.  

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Why technology is key to Africa’s future - Agenda - The World Economic Forum

Why technology is key to Africa’s future - Agenda - The World Economic Forum | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Technology has been key to many of Africa’s developments in recent years -Caroline Kende-Robb states it will be central to Africa’s future too.
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Great article & infographic on how mobile technologies are rewiring Africa without the wiring.  Technology is breaking down barriers, from power generation to peer-to-peer banking systems, motivating innovative solutions that spur economic growth.

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Transmedia Literacy: Expanding the Media Literacy Frontier

Transmedia Literacy: Expanding the Media Literacy Frontier | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Critical thinking across multiple modalities
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Transmedia literacy implies engaging critically in nonlinear narratives of all kinds, from entertainment and branding to journalism.  We build mental models unconsciously, to create a holistic understanding.  In entertainment, we revel in narratives of choice--we can actively pursue and evaluate content based on enjoyment, relevance, and identity.  Many other narratives are more subtle, news, commercial and social stories can be equally immersive and persuasive without our awareness.  Transmedia literacy emphasizes the need for mindful attention to the narrative construction that create larger ideaworlds in our off and online environments.

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge:  "Transmedia storytelling goes beyond the need to segment such skills as search and collaboration.  It demands the ability to recognize, understand, and interact with narrative threads across multiple modalities, not just within them."

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"Mass media producers are scrambling because they can no longer take viewers’ attention for granted.  Audiences have choice and are psychologically and technologically empowered to seek content worth their most valuable asset—attention."

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The Silent Society: How Americans Have Replaced Words with Clicks

The Silent Society: How Americans Have Replaced Words with Clicks | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Americans are doing the most mundane everyday task online, particularly on their smartphones, and this growing habit of avoiding the spoken word has become the new luxury in our lives.
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Headlines like this prime the reader to think of technology as replacing valuable interpersonal connections.  It also triggers an implicit assumption that how we used to do something--our current schema-- is somehow the 'right' way or morally superior.  If we equate this to electric saws versus manual saws, it seems ridiculous. We know there are times when an electric saw is overkill for the task at hand.  We don't give people enough credit to know the difference between using technology to avoid standing in line to deposit a check or waiting on hold to make a dinner reservation and talking to their best friend.  Instead of focusing on fears of lost interpersonal relationships, we should focus on setting goals and making intentional choices how to use our recaptured time--whether it's to improve our productivity at work or to squeak out a little time for mindfulness meditation.  The danger is, as it has always been, procrastination.  I don't need Facebook to procrastinate.  I have a zillion other tools that have stood me in good stead for years.  Now I just have to reorganize my bookshelf before I finish writing that chapter....

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You Can Recover From a Snippy Email, But Prepare to Grovel

You Can Recover From a Snippy Email, But Prepare to Grovel | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Email isn’t for complex ideas or strong feelings, says Sherry Turkle, director of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self
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It's your reptilian brain that sends those emotional emails where your only defense was "I wasn't thinking."  Yes you were, but with your instinctive emotional brain not the rational one.  Repair means engaging your neocortex-- the thoughtful and logical part of the brain that can think through the implications and  actively empathize with the other person's situation.  Groveling is the equivalent of your dog exposing his underbelly to show you his vulnerability after behaving badly.  When you 'attack' someone, you have triggered an instinctive response in them--fight or flight.  Groveling diffuses that response by sending the message in instinct-based brain language.  #neuroleadership

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Solving Customer Problems, Even When They Aren’t Our Fault

Solving Customer Problems, Even When They Aren’t Our Fault | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
It was 4 p.m. on a Sunday and I had just arrived in Las Vegas.
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@TuxedoLasVegas Tuxedo Junction has been in LV much longer than @Zappos but this story is exactly what Hsieh calls delivering WOW thru service.  No double standard here - owner Mikka Moon sets the example for her employees by delivering on the front line.   

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BattleKasting a Path to Literacy

BattleKasting a Path to Literacy | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
The literacy bridge between gaming and reading is an important one
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Brent Friedman @BFree63 is running a closed beta on the game in this article -  #BattleKasters --at #ECCC2015.  Find him for a demo. Seriously, who doesn't want to be able to cast spells?

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How Playing Multiplayer Video Games Help me Develop a Growth Mindset

How Playing Multiplayer Video Games Help me Develop a Growth Mindset | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Some video games can actually improve your intelligence. Read my story on how I developed a growth mindset through multiplayer video games.
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As Salmon Khan writes in the quote in this article, psychologist Carol Dweck has documented the difference in having a fixed versus growth mindset in how an individual approaches learning.  Vinay Patankar chronicles his use of video games to promote 'growth mindset' learning opportunities.  This parallels work by James Gee (e.g. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy) who writes about the way game structure creates affinity spaces where informal learning takes place across multiple dimensions that encourage not just cognitive flexibility, but reinforce resilience by lowering the consequences of risk, accurate and frequent feedback to a player's action that demonstrates agency, and opportunities to expand identity by assuming new identities and by internalizing achievement.  

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The good and bad of failing

The good and bad of failing | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Lately I’ve read a couple of articles on failing, which have echoed something I’ve felt for some time now. See, I’ve been preaching that failing is no disaster, that as long as we learn from our mi...

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Simon has an excellent point about needing to learn from failure rather than just fail, but it's also true that we don't know if we're going to succeed or fail from the outset of any effort.  Most entrepreneurs BELIEVE they will succeed, which is what gives them the gumption, for lack of a better non-sexist descriptor, to undertake their venture.  What we don't want, and I'm sure Simon would agree, is people trying to anticipate the ROF (Return on Failure) and not try for fear of not being able to adequately recoop their effort in intellectual capital.  This calculation introduces the possibility of failure.


The expression "Fake it 'til you make it" exists for a reason.  By taking an outward stance of confidence, we 'trick' our brain into upping our chances of success.  Mind-body connection and all that.  E.g., if we stand up straighter we feel more powerful.  "Faking it" helps keep our brain on track rather than letting those internal voices sabotage our belief in ourselves and potential for success.  If we are conscious of the need to learn from failure, it creates yet another reason, in the convoluted way our thinking works, to avoid trying challenges that have risk, as all good challenges do.  But to Simon's point, we should celebrate the learning not the failures.  At the same time, we need to remember to celebrate the effort, grit and resilience that keeps us getting back in the game no matter what we think we learned.  Just that action is, in fact, an ROF that has cumulative psychological benefits over a lifetime.

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A post on how to fail, and how to not celebrate failing more than succeeding.

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Keith Olbermann And Why the Powerful Self-Destruct on Twitter

Keith Olbermann And Why the Powerful Self-Destruct on Twitter | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Keith Olbermann does it. The president of Ecuador does it. You might have, too. There are better places and better ways to make an argument than making fun of a teenager on Twitter.
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With Dr. Ruth, Clorox Goes From Whiter Whites to Fifty Shades of Grey

With Dr. Ruth, Clorox Goes From Whiter Whites to Fifty Shades of Grey | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Dr. Ruth recommends bringing erotic literature to the laundromat as Clorox goes from whiter whites to Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Clever hook into some good relationship advice.  Erotic literature may not even be necessary, Dr. Ruth says "It's actually sexy to see a man do the laundry," she added. "You give a message that we're in this together."  Equality is sexy.

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Jurassic World: The Transmedia Story Begins

Jurassic World: The Transmedia Story Begins | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

Via Simon Staffans, The Digital Rocking Chair
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You can already imagine the journey to Jurassic World.  Transmedia makes entertainment personal, providing avenues for mental projection that transports you into the upcoming storyworld.   

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A brief look at the world behind the Jurassic World franchise.

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Esther D. Kustanowitz:  "A new transmedia website provides fresh content that expands the narrative world that will be established in June 2015's "Jurassic World" movie."

Dominique Taste's curator insight, February 9, 1:39 PM

Le site Jurassicworld est un exemple typique de plateforme transmedia pour un lancement de film. Il propose une expérience immersive complète dans le fameux parc d’attraction JurassicWorld pour mettre en haleine les fans jusqu'à la sortie du film le 12 juin 2015. Selon vos goûts cinématographiques, vous ne serez peut-être pas convaincu d'aller voir le film mais vous ne pourrez qu'apprécier la qualité du vrai faux site qui permet de se balader à l'envi, d'y suivre certains événements via webcam live, de réserver des packs de tourisme dans un hôtel Hilton (fictif). 

Le transmedia dynamise la narration et lui permet de s'étendre au delà des limites du scénario du film. 

Le site existe en français aussi : http://fr.jurassicworldintl.com/

 

Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur le transmedia, n'hésitez pas à me contacter http://tastetelling.com/contact-storytelling/

 

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Teen killed classmate and uploaded ‘selfie’ with the body to Snapchat, police say

Teen killed classmate and uploaded ‘selfie’ with the body to Snapchat, police say | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
The accused teen has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder
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It's shocking how distracted people get by the use of technology rather than staying focused on fundamentals, such as "why would this person kill someone?"  The app used for bragging is irrelevant to the psychopathology.  Social media amplify messages, however, and things that were less publicly and widely visible are now seen by everyone.  Social awareness of a problem is the first step in social action.

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When words mean nothing: Is it time to ditch 'storytelling' and endless other brand buzzwords?

When words mean nothing: Is it time to ditch 'storytelling' and endless other brand buzzwords? | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
A LinkedIn invitation from a designer I’d not met prompted me to Google his company, ANTI. According to the website, the name of...
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The irony about storytelling is that the human brain thinks in stories. This makes literally everything that has context, time progression and assigned meaning a narrative by the time our brain is finished translating it for our consumption.  Narrative psychology doesn’t take the same approach to a story that they do in Hollywood.  Pay attention to the source.  Good storytelling is the most powerful form of communication on earth.  Rather than throw out the word, let’s be intentional and make judgments based on meaning not distracted by words.  


At the core of any buzzword is a concept that means something.  Just because lots of people are now 'storytellers' doesn't take away the underlying meaning of storytelling.  We can say the same thing about 'organic' or 'transmedia.'  There are many words that get used too, too much.  


When the 1984 Mac hit the streets, lots of people became ‘designers’ because they had the power to produce documents with new levels of visual impact, thanks to multiple fonts.  It didn’t take too long for people with serious communication needs to distinguish between design and font abuse.  The fact that almost everything in the stores is now “organic” doesn’t mean that what we understand to be organic isn’t good. When labels become so freely distributed they aren’t always accurate.  When something gets popular, the rapid adoption implies that the term represents something that people find of intrinsic value,  Should we throw out the words?  No.  Marketing would have practically no words left if we threw out every word that had been overused and exaggerated if not inaccurate.  We can, however, become more discerning about how we use the words, more precise in our definitions and we can pay attention to see if what something is called, really means what we think it does—if it matches our understanding so we’re not tricked or sold short.  This is something we should have been doing anyway because not everyone has the same understanding of meaning.  Even over-used words have meaning at the core, however, or we wouldn’t have used them in the first place.  I had this discussion with a friend the other day about whether ‘transmedia’ was meaningless.  After all, like story, isn't everything transmedia?    Yes, over-used, definitely.  But later in reference to an example, my friend said, ‘but that project wasn’t really transmedia.’ And we both knew what it meant.  

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iPhone separation anxiety found in college students

iPhone separation anxiety found in college students | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Being separated from a ringing iPhone can lead to symptoms of physiological anxiety , as well as decreased cognitive performance, according to a study published Jan. 7 in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 
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iPhones have meaning; they serve an important social role.  It's a portal to social connection, not a piece of technology.  In fact, as the phones have gotten smarter, it's like social life condensed --they integrate all kinds of access, from voice to image to text all in one.  It's the mall, the phone, the after-school hangout and the lunchroom all in one handy device.  Much smaller carbon footprint than cruising back and forth between In n' Out and the Youth Center to find out what's happening.

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Should We Fear Yik Yak?

Should We Fear Yik Yak? | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
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At the risk of repeating myself, it's not about the tools.  It's about human goals and needs.  Why are we surprised that adolescents would embrace a tool that allows them to anonymously say inappropriate things in public in the proximal location of all their friends?  Jeez, when I was in high school, all we had was streaking, mooning and anonymous phone calls.  Of course, you could always broadcast a party location by leaning out a car window and yelling at passers-by or making the rounds at the local In' Out parking lot. (I know, I'm seriously dating myself.)  But really, teens do dumb stuff. A lot. Between the age-appropriate task of identity development and the fact that young people's brains are not even all there until they hit about 25, they truly can't help it.  If not Yik Yak, then something else.  

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Coming Next: Cosmetics Ads Featuring You As the Model

Coming Next: Cosmetics Ads Featuring You As the Model | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Startup brand Slate Cosmetics looks to overcome its lack of store presence with virtual sampling.
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Makes perfect sense that companies should focus on the actual user of the product.  (This isn't about "selfies" -- jeez.)  As someone who teaches online in a distributed program, I see this as a move toward empowering a broader market and letting consumers control their experience.  Think Self-Determination Theory - autonomy and mastery (I expect they will figure out how to include psychological relatedness as they roll out the social media features.)

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Dodgers Dodged A Great Original Content Opportunity To Engage Fans

Dodgers Dodged A Great Original Content Opportunity To Engage Fans | Psychology of Media & Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Article By Jonathan Tavss How exciting was it when the Dodgers were so hot at the end of the season to head into the MLB Post Season? For many in Los Angeles, just the thought that they will actual...
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In a great blog, Jonathan Tavss highlights the importance of giving fans the opportunity to form emotional attachments with players (what psychologists would call a parasocial relationship).  Fans have team loyalty, sure, but as Jonathan points out, Dodgers missed opportunities to deliver the real glue that sticks fans to a team by building a web of emotional attachment.  Knowing the stories gives us a reason to care.

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