Last week we talked about MMORPGs and MOBAs. This week we embark on a different multiplayer experience, the MOOC, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Class is in session for Christina Blanch’s (Ball State University) Gender Through Comic Books MOOC, and the best part of it all is that homework equals reading comic books. 7000 students are enrolled in this class that does not seek to define the comic book or gender roles in comic books, but gets students thinking critically about the subject.
After the seemingly endless chain of allegations that have gone down this academic year at BU, at least the University is now attempting to take steps toward fixing the problem, instead of sending potentially victimized students to an endless loop of automated menus. Continue reading
I need my moustache. Need it. And not just because without it, I look like a burn victim. I need it because not only does it define me but, it defines everything I am not. It is more than just my man-badge, more than proof that I am a male over the age of 14. It’s hard to reduce something so complex, magical and transformative as a moustache into mere petty and crude words. I will attempt at the very least to respectively discuss the mystery of the champagne of facial hair. Continue reading
Dear readers: I’m on vacation. The questions and answers in this week’s column are three recent installments of the “Savage Love Letter of the Day,” which folks with the SLAPP—the Savage Love app for iPhone or Android—receive daily via the miracle of modern technology. If you have the SLAPP, you’ve already read these questions and second-guessed my answers. Sorry about that. If you don’t have the SLAPP, you’re not getting your full weekly dose of Savage Love and I’m sorry about that, too. Continue reading
With intricate pen and ink illustrations, Leigh, 23, chews on the good and the evil of contemporary culture, spitting it back out in freakish human forms– grotesque interpretations of technology, ego and sexuality, all in vibrant pops of color. Continue reading