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Digital Now


Follow me down this thread of history up to last summer, when my UNC Charlotte Writing Project colleagues, Sally Griffin, Lil Brannon, Jennifer Ward and I sat in Lil’s office after a Partnership School workshop talking through the day.

Lacy: Right, so, Lil, you know we’ve been reading this Gee stuff about video games and learning.  And that is doing all this stuff to help us think about our digital learning narratives…

Lil: So what’s happening with the narratives?

Lacy: So we are still getting caught up in some of this bootstrap stuff in these narratives, you know?  Like that I did this all by myself, and ended up on the mountain top.

Sally: And we’re getting into all this about video games in schools.

Lacy: Uh-huh, and it ties into the narratives, right?  Good Video Games and Good Learning is like morphing into this flowery idea of technology in the classroom, as like, the new save-the-world technique.  Everyone is thinking of the next best game to teach whatever skill.

Lil: Say more, Lacy.

Lacy: Well, like, I’m wondering about how to screw with that idea- it’s not new and it’s not the new part that makes it interesting or useful.  And, like, there is all this other background and history stuff that I want to get into.  I keep thinking about Dana Sutcliff’s demo from Summer Institute.

Jennifer: Where she had all those different pieces of media showing all the perspectives on Iraq?

Lacy: Yes!  I, like, want to do that with video games and get a critical stance on the, like, connection between violence, military, corporations, gaming … I’m thinking I will find pieces of media that do different things with the ideas.

Jennifer: Okay, so then we can write about them in our daybooks and talk about them?  And then our own digital narratives will…

Sally: You know this all goes back to the mills.  The workers and the damn owners- they live off the sweat off the laborer’s back.


Gee, J. P. (2007). Good Video Games and Good Learning. NY: Peter Lang.

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