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August 04, 2010

Experience Video Games in Print

That's what Nicholson Baker does in the latest New Yorker. Feel the pull that thousands of young boys feel. Beats the pull of the local classroom. You may, of course, have to track down an actual copy to read the full story.

July 15, 2010

Your Boy's Brain Frying on the Internet

Okay, that may distort Nicholas Carr's book a bit. You decide, by reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. It's an important question, because if we're going to turn around the literacy deficits we see in boys we need to know if Internet-based strategies can be players -- o...

July 10, 2010

The Power of Books...

...and the downsides of the Internet, as reported in a column by David Brooks. After four years of considering the "blame" that must be assigned to video games games, etc., I'm still undecided. For now, I'll embrace the power of the books and punt on the Internet-as-villain theory.

July 05, 2010

Video Games to Blame?

I'm not fond of video games and recognize the harm they can cause. But I'm skeptical that video games play the villain role in the boy troubles. Interesting discussion of that in England where there's fresh debate on the gender gaps resulting from surveys showing that male college graduates aren't f...

May 02, 2010

Guess Which Gender is Most Likely to Digitally Disappear

The New York Times on how technology impacts social relationships.

April 26, 2010

Finally, an Academic Pursuit Designed for Guys

The Academy of Game Design and Development.

April 22, 2010

I May Have to Peel Back My Video Game Tolerance Stance

Reading this AP article about South Koreans -- you'll never guess the gender of the addicts cited -- is sobering. Still, I think of all the parents who told me their sons first became discouraged by school, then became addicted to video games...

April 14, 2010

Bad Boy Video Games

I've never defended video games as good for boys. The question I continue to ask, however, is which came first, the dislike of school or the embrace of video games?

March 19, 2010

More Blaming Fingers Pointed at Video Games

Valerie Strauss writes about a Playstation II study comparing boys who did, and didn't, receive the game. Guess which group fared better in school? I know, I know ... the games aren't good for anyone, and far more boys than girls get hooked on them. Still, I keep running across this: Which came fir...

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