Literate Machine explores media through the lens of culture, history, and politics, examining the ways capitalism, power, and ideology shape and are shaped by the stories we love.
Written and performed by Eric Rosenfield, Literate Machine is available as blog entries, newsletter, podcast, and YouTube channel.
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Why Stories? Henry Fool and What the Artist is For
What does it mean to be an artist?
* The high school students put one of Simon's poems into their high school yearbook, they don't post it up everywhere. Henry puts the poem up in the mute woman's store at her request.
* Fay puts Simon's poem on the internet after Henry asks her to. Henry doesn't know how to use a computer.
Doom, Myst, and the War for the Soul of Video Games
In the 1990s, Myst and Doom fought a war for the soul of video games. Myst sold almost twice as many copies. Within ten years, the entire industry had remodeled itself around Doom. Special call out to Jimmy Maher at the Digital Antiquarian (https://filfre.net) whose work covering early video games I drew on extensively.
Cerebus: Misogyny and Madness
For 30 years, Dave Sim engaged in one of the most remarkable ongoing artistic endeavors ever while he gradually lost his mind.
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Pink Floyd's The Wall and the Rise of the Alt-Right
How the worms ate into my brain, what I did and did not understand about The Wall, and what it tells us about the rise of the Alt-Right.
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Superheroes and the Police
What do you do when the authorities have been compromised?
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How Can I Save You? 12 Monkeys and the Coronavirus
Let’s go back in time, to before the Pandemic, and see if we can change anything.
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