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I am a researcher interested in games, play and philosophy. I design, analyse and write about games for fun and for a living.

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Jonne Arjoranta

I have an easy rule of thumb: if a piece of technology is called "smart," it simply means that you can't own it, only rent it until the manufacturer says otherwise.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/smart-tvs-are-dumb/581059

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"...a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation that I call surveillance capitalism."

This seems to be the first popular writing about surveillance capitalism.

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/the-digital-debate/shoshana-zuboff-secrets-of-survei...

Jonne Arjoranta

This exploration of Amazon Echo details how the simple "Alexa, please turn on the lights" requires vast infrastructures of human labour -- and exploitation.

https://anatomyof.ai/

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Jonne Arjoranta

If you missed this, Mendeley has been actively embracing vendor lock-in after being bought by Elsevier:

https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/mendeley_import

I'm glad I got my data out of Mendeley before they implemented this change. It used to be difficult, but not impossible. Zotero is pretty great.

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Our paper "Games as Blends: Understanding Hybrid Games" is now available as an open access publication from the Journal of Virtual Reality and Broadcasting. It uses cognitive semiotics to make sense of hybrid games.

https://www.jvrb.org/past-issues/14.2017/4694

Jonne Arjoranta

"Mastodon is crumbling" is maybe a tad too much, but I found this essay on the politics of Mastodon fascinating and illuminating.

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/mastodon-fediverse-eugen-rochko/

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"The most disruptive thing we can do is to be aware of the technology and understand how it shapes the business of media."

This is a great essay of playform studies.

https://www.thenation.com/article/content-management-system-essay-wordpress-drupal-internet-feature/

Jonne Arjoranta

I've been pwned: one of my email addresses was among those 773 million leaked in the Collection #1 data breach.

https://www.troyhunt.com/the-773-million-record-collection-1-data-reach/

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The life (and death?) of RSS. I still use a reader and no social media can replace it -- they have clearly different use cases.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3mm4z/the-rise-and-demise-of-rss