Game studios are now purposefully designing bad systems and mechanics, hoping that people will be willing to pay to get past the poorly-made parts of the service: when microtransactions are the sole source of income, we start to build our entire product around that model.
Issue 25 on August 12th, 2015
One must consider if this pressure is put on creators specifically to see them fail.
Issue 22 on June 11th, 2015
We are conditioned to reason about economic vulnerability in terms of individual merit, instead of as systemic failure.
Issue 22 on June 9th, 2015
Configuring tools as a mode of straightforward escape from oppression, be it poverty or unfulfilling work, risks ignoring existing material practices and organizations that hold us to systems of inequity.
Issue 22 on June 8th, 2015
Sex workers have long driven major revolutions in technology. They have also been at the forefront of innovating new business models for content, communications, and services themselves.
Issue 19 on April 8th, 2015
The changing faces and storefronts reveal another chapter in the long ugly history of race and power.
Issue 17 on February 25th, 2015
Giving access to a tool as powerful as code creates social change and spurs economic mobility for those who have not shared equally in the rewards of the technological renaissance.
Programming on January 22nd, 2015
Should industry be allowed to dictate our school curriculums?
2014 in Review on December 9th, 2014
There’s little to no evidence that more technology or more data-mining will “fix” education.
Hiring on November 17th, 2014
Every step along the way, exclusionary hurdles are introduced to limit the candidate pool.