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Monopoly moneys: the media environment of corporatism and the player's way out

By analysing corporatism through the lens of media ecology, Douglas Rushkoff shows how an invented set of rules became - like any totalising media environment - indistinguishable from nature. He concludes that while the corporatist rule set may have become the default operating system of our economy, it is not necessarily closed to intervention.

While a closed economic operating system may have been consonant with the closed, top-down media of the print and broadcast eras, as Rushkoff argues, interactive technology does offer new avenues for resistance and redesign. This “playability,” as he describes it, might yet return to economic systems in the form of digital innovations such as peer to peer exchange, decentralised value creation, and even new alternative currencies. This playability would be a positive development for the way it would allow for human intervention in a mechanism that has disproportional influence over our society.

This research project is part of the GATE research programme http://gate.gameresearch.nl/.
Date and time: 25/6/2012 16:15
Location: Academiegebouw - Domplein 29, Utrecht
 
PhD student: Douglas Rushkoff
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Thesis: Monopoly Moneys. The media environment of corporatism and the player's way out
Supervisor 1: Prof. dr. F.E. Kessler
Supervisor 2: Prof. dr. J.F.F. Raessens
Co-supervisor 1: Dr. M.T. Schaefer