What gaming taught me

What gaming taught me

I was 12 when we first got a desktop computer with internet access at home, and somehow I ended up playing one of the first online multiplayer games – a Multi-User Domain (MUD) called Rivers of MUD (ROM). ROM was a text-based fantasy game that started in...
The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide

It is easy, if not always useful, to categorise people as haves and have nots with regard to the digital divide. People who live in remote areas, or who can’t afford access to networking technologies are the have nots, and more affluent people who live...
GGWP: my days as a ranked raid guildmaster

GGWP: my days as a ranked raid guildmaster

Between 2009 and 2013 I played World of Warcraft, and I played it pretty hard. There were a bunch of reasons for that, and they evolved over time. I started because after university most of my friends from school who had dispersed from Yorkshire to far-flung corners...
Free for all

Free for all

Image remixed from Flickr user JwvanEck’s FREE • quote from Matt Warman Some people argue that the Internet is the equivalent of a supermarket where you never have to pay for anything. Others say that the costs of internet use go far beyond money. As...
Networks, authority & control

Networks, authority & control

The world wide web was designed to be open. It transcends international borders and allows the free flow of information, which according to the OECD (2017) is important to “trade, innovation, entrepreneurship, growth and social prosperity”, but this causes...
Re: We’re all cyborgs now

Re: We’re all cyborgs now

This talk brought together the quite a lot of the key ideas from a bunch of texts that I’ve called ‘big ideas in tech’ on the course I teach. I’ll go through them one by one here. Everyone is carrying a wormhole in their pocket This idea of...
In response to Ken Robinson

In response to Ken Robinson

I love Ken Robinson, and think he makes a lot of really good points in the talk above. I think he’s right that the systems of education that I have encountered (English National Curriculum & International Baccalaureate) can squeeze out individualism, talent...
Re: digital natives

Re: digital natives

The digital natives thing doesn’t hold much water for me. Kids may not have the fear of technology that their elders do, but their use of technology is often just superficial – they can Facebook like a pro, but when given a practical task to do they...
Culture & me

Culture & me

One of the interesting things for me as a Yorkshireman who spends upwards of 90% of each year outside of England is that the culture I identify with varies on a kind of sliding scale. When I’m at home, with family or childhood friends, I’m not just a...