Slowly and reluctantly, I am facing down the monster that is social media. I’ve not yet uncorked Twitter, but I’m starting to work on the blogs, although my time is unfeasibly scarce at the moment. After some research, I have decided not to switch to Disqus comments (since it cannot be reverted without loss of comments) and instead I have taken the drastic step of switching from requiring users to sign in to making sign in optional. This might result in a sudden tidal wave of spam – if so, I’ll have to go back on the decision. But in the interests of encouraging comments, and with the recognition that mandatory sign in was blocking some who wanted to comment, I’ve decided to shoulder this risk.
Nonsense is in production… maybe even before the end of the week!
Foucault’s Archaeology was one half of a special double serial in four parts running here at Only a Game for the tin anniversary (celebrating ten years). It ran in parallel with another serial, Player Practices, at ihobo.com, from June 9th to 30th 2015. Both serials were based upon the work of Michel Foucault whilst also touching upon themes from the first ten years of my blogs, particularly the work of Roger Caillois that formed the first blog serial I wrote.
The serial here at Only a Game focussed upon Foucault’s ‘archaeological’ methods for analysing discourse, while the parallel serial applied these methods to games and play. Each of the parts ends with a link to the next one, so to read the entire serial, simply click on the first link below, and then follow the "next" links to read on.
Here are the four parts of Foucault’s Archaeology:
One month from today is the tin anniversary of Only a Game, at which point I will have been blogging for ten years. To mark this momentous insignificance I have prepared an overly elaborate serial that celebrates the twin themes of my blogs, philosophy and games.
Five years ago, I did a double serial on Kendall Walton’s make-believe theory, discussing his work at Only a Game in the Mimesis as Make-Believe serial, while in parallel at ihobo I ran Game Design as Make-Believe. This was to lead to my first book of philosophy, Imaginary Games, and thus to my developing philosophy as a part of my career and not just an intellectual hobby.
For the ten year anniversary, I revisit this format with a new double serial. At Only a Game will be the Foucault’s Archaeology serial, providing an introduction to the work of the philosopher-historian Michel Foucault focussing on his method of analysis, while in parallel at ihobo will be the Player Practices serial, which shows how Foucault’s work on discourse also applies to the play of games. The new serial ties together ten years of my blogs, combining elements of philosophy of language, philosophy of science, game design, and game philosophy, as well as including links to my pieces on Caillois’ patterns of play from my second year of blogging, while providing a very different way of looking at Caillois’ work.
Intriguing, accessible, and at times polemic, the double serial is a fitting memorial to the game I’ve been playing in the shadowy corners of the internet. I hope you will join me for the ride, and as always I welcome comments and discussion.
Some six years back, when I still had a good cadre of people discussing things with me here at Only a Game on a regular basis, I opened discussions about which area of philosophy I should move into next in a short piece entitled Any Requests? There was a broad consensus I should do some philosophy of mind, since I hadn’t then touched it.
As it happened, I got swept up with other things and never quite made it back to philosophy of mind. So it’s with great pleasure that I present – six years later – my first piece unambiguously about philosophy of mind, which goes live at 5:30 pm tonight. It might also be my last, though, for reasons that will become clear shortly.
If DJ i/o, Foster Nichols, or Michael Mouse are still around, please do drop me a line to let me know how things are going!
Because my readership is partly in Europe, partly in the US, and partly scattered across the globe, I am experimenting with new posting times. I previously ran all posts on Only a Game and ihobo.com at 10:30 am GMT. For the near future, I will be posting at 5:30 pm GMT instead. This is based on trying to minimise any impact from time zones on my readership. If you are affected by this change, do let me know your thoughts!
The orchestra has finished tuning up its instruments, and the overture has begun. Soon, I will start blogging again, and I'm going to be carving out some set times during my week for it so that I can give and get more out of it than last year.
There are already a few changes - social media integration has been added to the bottom of each post, for instance, and I'll be automating my Twitter integration so that I don't have to waste so much time there.
Alas, not even enough time for my traditional well-wishing to each and every religious festival of the season. Off to stay with my wife’s family in their ‘log mansion’ outside of Nashville for three weeks. Since my wife is still on maternity leave, it’s a rare opportunity for them to host their grandkids for the festivities. I wish you all a happy Winter Festival of your choice and hope to speak with you again some time after Gregorian New Year. Have fun!
Only a Game will return in January 2015 with yet more nonsense.
Back in residence, for what it's worth. Looks like I will only have time for two posts before I am once again away, this time travelling to the United States for the Winter Festival. The first one goes up on Tuesday next week and is about the film Interstellar, but I'm not sure what the other one will be yet... Watch this space!