How did you feel about the staff at your university when they enforced policy? When they told you that something wasn’t in your best interest? When they offered to help you through tough times? It’s been a while since we’ve visited the subject of Higher Education, and we’ve perhaps never approached it from quite the same vector as this episode. Student Affairs veteran and resident synesthete Shawn Brackett joins me and Kevin for an insider’s look at institutionalized paternalist / maternalist practices in public universities, historical precedents for them, and some questions around the ethics of their implementation. So settle in for some free pizza, free condoms, and free thought in this week’s BF.
Contrary to our habits, we enjoyed this topic so much that we are bringing y’all a Part TWO hot on its heels in the next week (or two). We encourage you to peruse the links below for further reading / context. On Facebook or in the comments here we invite you to leave comments and questions which we’ll address in the next episode. Exciting!
(Via Shawn Brackett)
This Week’s Post-Show Song
“You Should Consider Having Sex with a Bearded Man” by The Beards
Space. It’s big. REALLY big. Also empty. And cold. And silent. Except for George Clooney. George Clooney could fill all of space with his voice. That wonderful… baritone voice……. um, what was I… OH! Right! Gravity. Kevin and I recently checked out this spectacle of a cinematic achievement to see what all the fuss was about. We laughed, we cried, we screamed. We enjoyed it? Well, just have a listen.
The Blue Danube Waltz, Johann Strauss
This might surprise you (heavy sarcasm), but a good 50% of the time we record these episodes, we haven’t a clue what to discuss until very shortly before the episode. Through the magic of editing we make it look like we had everything well planned and ready to execute beforehand. Not so this time. Kevin and I decided to free-form it, have an F-isode, go down rabbit trails — whatever you want to call it. Good sound, good flow, and the second time we’ve played a tabletop game live on the show… have a listen!
This Week’s Post-show Song Pimpage:
“Liquid Jazz” by General Fuzz
Let’s face it, if you’re reading this (and listening to our show), you’re likely in pretty good shape as human beings go. You’ve got access to the Internet, some free time, a computer or smartphone — all the benefits of Progress. But what about those Others who aren’t in such good shape? You’d like them to get where you are, right? And if you do, what’s the best way to go about that?
Peter Buffett recently expressed some dissatisfaction with the systems and organizations who dedicate themselves to philanthropic work. Is he right? Kevin and I had some thoughts on his thoughts. Have a listen! And please share your thoughts in the comments.
The Charitable-Industrial Complex, by Peter Buffett
Why We’re Wrong About Social Change, an interview with Peter Buffett
First World Problems, by Wes Molebash
This American Life 503: I Was Just Trying to Help
Big Rock Candy Mountain (instrumental)
In the last couple of decades we’ve seen “gaming” go from a marginal entertainment medium to a multi-billion-dollar industry. Remarkably though, gaming as a cultural force, a storytelling canvas, and even a means of social cohesion is still evolving and changing right before our eyes. This episode we welcome back gaming journalists Britton Peele and Tim Poon to join me and Kevin on a quest for perspective on where gaming is and where its going (or definitely not going). Enjoy!
OH! It’s worth noting that this episode was recorded on our Five Year Anniversary. Woohoo! Thanks for everything, whoever you are. We may or may not be a thing, but it’s been a real pleasure trying to find out. Here’s to the next five years of horrendous philosophy! ^_^
Citizen Kane, Ebert, and Gaming’s Inferiority Complex by Nathan Grayson
Chasing the Dragon by John Teti
BioShock Infinite Thematic Analysis by Peri Psuche
Wolfenstein: The New Order (E3 Trailer)
Quarter Share (book) by Nathan Lowell
The Kid’s Guide to the Internet
Dave Berry in Cyberspace – How Computers Work
This Week’s Post-show Song Pimpage
Some Special by Bratmobile