On Writing About New Things

This blog has been less effort post and more content fill over the past couple days, and I am sorry. The process of moving ten thousand books (not that many, but a lot) has left me with precious little mind time. Also, the fact that I have been playing Day Z for a good chunk of today has really meant that I haven’t had much time for blogging. I will have things to say about that game next week, though.

What I want to say a little bit about here is that I am going to be writing a paper on games and touch before the 25th. Specifically, I am writing about how playing touch games with other beings means that we can connect and live with those beings better. That isn’t the best description, but I am playing with the idea over the next few days before I sit down and write it in a flurry.

There is a thrill to writing something that is only vaguely attached to what I have written before. It means reading new things and having to think new concepts and situations through familiar paradigms. None of this is news to anyone who writes academic stuff, but I really do get a thrill when I sit down to work on something that is both original and a little bit foreign to me.

In any case, here is a list of the things I am writing about. If there is anything in the zone of touch and theory that any of you think I should be reading (especially in respect to video games), be sure to drop a comment.

  • Phenomenology of Perception – Merleau-Ponty
  • After the Future  – Bifo
  • Rise of the Videogame Zinesters – Anthropy
  • When Species Meet – Haraway
  • The Politics of Touch – Manning

Additionally, there will be several essays, including some stuff by Dylan Trigg and James Stanescu.

Basically, what I am telling you is that I am going to write some weird shit about video games and ethics and no one will listen to me.

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3 Responses to On Writing About New Things

  1. Ross Wolfe says:

    An article I wrote, “Memories of the Future,” on a time when there actually was still a future. Engages with a number of recent writings on the subject by Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Slavoj Žižek, T.J. Clark, Owen Hatherley, Chris Cutrone, Max Ajl, Asad Haider, Salar Mohandesi, Ben Lear, and Malcolm Harris, which have been published by AK PRess, Zero Books, Jacobin, New Left Review, and others. Thought you might be interested.

    • kunzelman says:

      Brilliant, thanks for this. Also, why did you write it? Are you just a fun kind of guy?

      • Ross Wolfe says:

        No problem. I wrote it because I thought that Berardi and Clark were making some fairly interesting points, but in a problematic way. My own thoughts might be no better, but I felt like I might contribute something in the way of a critique.

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