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Book Review – Coding Democracy

My book review for Maureen Webb’s Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism just went up on the New Media & Society website! I encourage you to read the entire review, but here’s a short excerpt that sums up my thoughts on the title. “Coding Democracy does not attempt to end the debate of what constitutes a hacker, but rather...

Mammoth Island Games

After years of sharing tabletop game projects on this website (and a smattering of other strange locales), my brother and I have decided to create an itch.io page under the banner of Mammoth Island Games + Words. It currently contains only our most popular projects – The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder and Hearth & Blade – but we’ll be adding some additional...

Comprehensive Exam Reflections

Introduction I have been wanting to write about my comprehensive exam for a few months now, pretty much since I wrapped them up last term. Throughout the first year of my PhD, I had heard whispers that “comps” were one of the most demanding parts of the degree and my exams were, of course, further complicated by the ongoing pandemic. A lot of the infrastructures I had grown to rely on for this...

Alternative Media Presentation (#ActivismIRL)

This post is a presentation/intervention written for Dr Alessandra Renzi’s Alternative Media graduate class at Concordia University. On May 18 2017, as part of the surge in protests following Donald Trump’s inauguration, America Ferrera led a panel discussion co-hosted by Twitter and Cosmopolitan called #ActivismIRL (Ruiz-Grossman, 2017). Featuring members of Black Lives Matter and Women’s March...

Coded Canons: Videogame Alteration Practices and Negotiating Authenticity

This is a conference paper presented at the 2020 History of Games Conference. Iantorno, Michael. “Coded Canons: Videogame Alteration Practices and Negotiating Authenticity.” History of Games Conference, 21-24 October 2020, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Held online due to COVID-19 pandemic. Hello, my name is Michael and I am a PhD student in Concordia University’s Communication program...