1st Edition

Identity and Play in Interactive Digital Media Ergodic Ontogeny

By Sara M. Cole Copyright 2017
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Recent shifts in new literacy studies have expanded definitions of text, reading/viewing, and literacy itself. The inclusion of non-traditional media forms is essential, as texts beyond written words, images, or movement across a screen are becoming ever more prominent in media studies. Included in such non-print texts are interactive media forms like computer or video games that can be understood in similar, though distinct, terms as texts that are read by their users. This book examines how people are socially, culturally, and personally changing as a result of their reading of, or interaction with, these texts. This work explores the concept of ergodic ontogeny: the mental development resulting from interactive digital media play experiences causing change in personal identity.

    1. Ergodics and Ludology

    2. Interactive Play3. Human-Computer Interaction

    4. New Literacies

    5. Ideology and Self-Identification

    6. Reflective Research


    Sara M. Cole is a filmmaker and independent scholar. She teaches media and culture courses and makes low-budget movies in Baltimore, Maryland. Her newest class, The Language of Political News, will be offered through Osher at Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2017. Dr. Cole’s past publications address concepts of gender representation and connections between work and play.