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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...

FRQSC Application Example

Earlier this year, I was the lucky recipient of a FRQSC (Les Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et Culture) doctoral award to fund my research on videogame afterlife, hacking, and intellectual property law. This was both a thrill and a relief for me when it occurred, but rather than simply sitting out this year’s application cycle, I thought I would share my prior application to aid folks...

riddles_text_adventure: 3 Media Archaeological Perspectives

Our media archaeological journey began with a set of converging interests, sparked through class discussion in Darren Wershler’s Media Archaeology class. Beginning with a tentative conversation about the riddle structures of computer games, new ideas quickly emerged to form an amorphous constellation of media: participatory radio, role-playing gamebooks, cassette tapes, telephone role...

Media Archaeology Probe: 2-XL Robot + Echo 2-XL

This article is a media archaeological probe written for Dr Darren Wershler’s Media Archaeology graduate class at Concordia University. When I first encountered 2-XL, it had been relegated to an out-of-reach shelf above the repair counter at A&C Games in Toronto. Unsure of what to make of the device, the staff had adorned it with a baseball cap and positioned it high above the back area...