Computers in Media: David Fincher’s Cradle of Love Music Video
As my work has taken a decided turn into the realm of computer and gaming history, this is the first of a series of posts looking at computers in media. This time it is the Macintosh computer featured in the 1991 Billy Idol video “Cradle of Love.” Another post about Billy Idol and his album …
Digital Life, the Eternal Now, and the End of Linear Time
You’ve seen it happen. A photo from years ago suddenly appears on social media with a new comment, and the original poster wonders why anyone would drag up such an old picture. To them, the photo is firmly rooted in the past as they are able to place the moment at a specific point in …
Eve of Destruction: History and Memory in EVE Online
The massively multiplayer game EVE Online is a story of intrigue, bitter rivalries, and endless conflict among the stars. To support the complicated fictional history of the game, the virtual space of EVE features historic sites and memorials that link to the fictional past and commemorate the continuing exploits of players, reinforcing a collective history that provides the sense of a narratively cohesive universe.
Imagining Tokyo: Kanda Shrine and Love Live!
Tokyo is a city with two lives: the day to day reality of a bustling metropolis and a virtual life recreated in games, film and anime. As the capital of Japan, the city looms large in the Japanese imagination, occupying a space that is equal to Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York combined in the …