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The Great Escape from the Prison House of Language: Games, Production Studies, and the Humanities

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My talk at the DiGRA/FDG 2016 "Why production studies? Why now?" panel, asking how production studies can answer to basic cultural and hermeneutic questions.

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The Great Escape from the Prison House of Language: Games, Production Studies, and the Humanities

  1. 1. the great escape from the prisonhouse of language Sebastian Deterding (@dingstweets) Digital Creativity Labs, University of York DiGRA/FDG 2016, August 3, 2016 c b
  2. 2. know, dear reader, that i, too was once a young humanities scholar …
  3. 3. … taught by my mentors …
  4. 4. … that all possible knowledge is already contained within the walls of the library.
  5. 5. to venture into the world outside the library was to flirt with temptation and the eternal damnation of my very soul.
  6. 6. out there were the people that our texts referred to.
  7. 7. the people that read our texts.
  8. 8. the people that wrote our texts.
  9. 9. but we must be wary never to speak with these people. for the meaning and truth of our texts never be revealed by the people; they are revealed only by other texts.
  10. 10. this my mentors and their texts taught me. Wimsat & Beardsley, 1949 Barthes, 1967 Foucault, 1969
  11. 11. meaning a simple model author text writes intends reader interprets is read by
  12. 12. meaning new criticism, formalism, structuralism: the meaning is in the text (form) text
  13. 13. meaning discourse analysis, new historicism: the meaning is in other texts textcontextcontext contextcontext contextcontext contextcontext
  14. 14. meanin deconstruction: you will never reach meaning outside texts texttext text …
  15. 15. all of which is true iff …
  16. 16. all of which is true you never dare to venture outside the library. iff …
  17. 17. the great taboo: is the practice of solitary reading and writing in the library necessary and sufficient to understand cultural meaning-making?
  18. 18. the beauties outside the library.
  19. 19. (just speaking of and with authors, for now.) author
  20. 20. understanding the effectiveness of persuasive communication author text reader
  21. 21. meaning understanding and improving creative practice author text
  22. 22. constraining spurious contextualising readings author text context context context
  23. 23. discovering new contextual readings author text context context context context
  24. 24. discovering new contextual readings author text context context context context
  25. 25. understanding how contexts affect texts author textcontext
  26. 26. meaning understanding the gaps and relations of meaning-making author text writes intends reader is read by interprets scholar
  27. 27. sebastian@codingconduct.cc @dingstweets codingconduct.cc thank you.

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