hegemony as enemy

Alan Amory opened the Edmedia conference this morning with a provocative and thought provoking keynote entitled ‘Playing games: hegemony as enemy’, although I have to admit it was a little too fast for my tiny brain to take in and compute. There was some “deep” stuff in there man ;-) Innovating education provides a much better summary of the keypoints from the talk and the areas Alan covered.  Jan Harrington did an introductory blogged  about this in the run up to the conference, providing a useful summary of Alan’s interesting work and a link to some follow up reading.

I may have this wrong, but one of the things I took from Alan’s talk was that we can’t take things at face value anymore; the digital world, blurring of real/digital identities raises a whole set of new issues but also that cultural baggage is not left at the digital doorstep, it’s carried forward into this new environment, albeit transmogrified in some respects – the heritage of gender/culture/language/history etc still remain. He used an interesting approach peppering his presentation with a number of video clips – in order to provoke/to shock/to make his points. There were just too many concepts in there for me to do justice to in this blog but here are some notes:

  • The way in which some modern cinematic genres are playing with narrative, interspersing different stories, fragmenting them; making the viewer work harder to develop their own meaning or interpretation of what’s happening.
  • Hegemonic masculinity and the futility of revenge; Alan talked of phallogocentrism in this respect referring back to Plato and concepts of memory.
  • The role of gaming in education – he quoted from some of his research where games were being used to address misconceptions, they found that students playing in pairs faired  better in terms of overcoming misconceptions, indicating the importance of social interaction and use of  tools to help overcome misconceptions.
  • One of the films he referenced was ‘Eyes wide shut’ (Kubrick) film which focuses on the confusion between real and fantasy experiences, and men being unable to understand female desire [I refuse to comment on this one! ;-)]

There were lots more and some good references to further reading – plea to Alan to put up the powerpoint slides so we can make a note of the references. 

2 Responses to “hegemony as enemy”

  1. Manish Says:

    reading the blogs and tweets from Vienna while still in portsmouth is really nice way of knowing what is going on there. All very exciting stuff that I am missing out on.

    going to press the spanish submit button now ;)

  2. Gráinne Says:

    Hi Manish glad its of use - that’s the whole aim! Not sure we have it quite right but hey we are having a go. Spanish dont mention spanish aarrgggghhh behind with next TMA ;-)

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