Big Brother 21 started, and has already gained controversy online. People have noticed a pattern: generally, the white houseguests targeted people of color first. The racism in Big Brother 21 is enabled by a mob rule system.
The pre-release discourse for Classic WoW shows people are desperate for a sense of community. But why is that search leading them to a 15 year old game exactly?
The social game show Big Brother shows how different social formations form and retain power.
Some games, like Burnout, are "just for fun", but can also yield meaningful analysis. By looking at abstract and conceptual art in other media, we can learn different modes of analysis.
Christian Patterson2019-02-15Underground MallSupplemental Introduction:I posted this on reddit and got some pushback, so before the post, I wanted to clarify a few things, because the pushback was rooted in misunderstanding my approach:1. This post is through the lens of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (TRPF) in general. Although I'm approachimg it … Continue reading The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’
Christian Patterson2019-02-08Underground Mall I wanted to do a quick Marxist reading of an episode of The Office. I was struck by how this episode has a lot to say about class and gender. The episode opens with women's day at the office, where corporate ballbuster Jan comes in to lead a very Cheryl Sandberg version … Continue reading Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class
Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital