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Reload the Canons!

This series of articles is an attempt to play through The Canon of videogames: your Metroids, your Marios, your Zeldas, your Pokemons, that kind of thing.

Except I'm not playing the original games. Instead, I'm playing only remakes, remixes, and weird fan projects. This is the canon of games as seen through the eyes of fans, and I'm going to treat fan games as what they are: legitimate works of art in their own right that deserve our analysis and respect.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Let's Read Theory: Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter


Jane Bennett argues in Vibrant Matter that things--matter, objects, energy, processes--can be just as active politically as humans.

In this special podcast series, I try to explain the basics of Bennett's arguments for this "vital materialism" and then explore some of the ways that it might be used by us. The series consists of a bunch of chapter-by-chapter summaries and responses and one big overview podcast that summarizes and responds to the book as a whole.

This podcast is designed for people unfamiliar with the weird, wild world of Theory--I'm trying to take Jane Bennett's ideas and translate them so that people outside of academia can understand and work with them. If you find this podcast useful, let me know you like it and I may add this as a new regular feature of Storming the Ivory Tower! (If you hate it, let me know that as well, and I won't add it as a new regular feature!)

This post indexes each chapter by chapter summary and the final podcast.

Chapters 1 and 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Let's Read Theory! Summary Podcast

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