Friday, March 23, 2007

Lecture - Rita Raley

Just after lunch today, Rita Raley, assistant professor at University of California Santa Barbara, held a very interesting lecture entitled "Virtual War: Information Visualization and Persuasive Gaming" at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She discussed how war games are both used as a means to encourage people to become soldiers and fight wars but also a vehichle to spread anti-war sentiments and ideas. She showed us how the line between simulated wars and real ones has become blurred but also how our networked society (hac(k)tivism, persuasive gaming etc) sometimes acts as a counter-force against warmongering powers.

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