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Bodie Van Den Berg
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Introverted philosopher. Student writer. Apolitical nature boy. Gamer.
Introverted philosopher. Student writer. Apolitical nature boy. Gamer.

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Stage 1 roundup: Summary, reflections, and future direction for Libranarchy.com
In this blog post, I'm going to reflect on
my learning experience for this part of the blog and identify a couple of the
features of said experience, with a view to giving a better idea of the scope
of what I've done so far. I'll identify some of my own str...
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Gamification vs. Gaming – the difference
This is another personal reflection that
I’ve decided to undertake partly because I’ve noticed that I often use gaming
and gamification almost interchangeably throughout my posts. I’ve also been
questioned a couple of times about the difference between the ...
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Recommendations for gamifying libraries
Now that I’ve checked
out some of the literature on the topic of gameful libraries and done a basic
analysis on the topic, I am going to dip into the fun bit of the project and
posit some recommendations, based on the information I’ve explored. These will
b...
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SWOT analysis chart and advocacy of gamification of libraries – the beginning of the end (of the beginning)!
This post will begin
the development of my argument for advocating gaming and gamification in the
library. I have spent the last few posts dissecting the concept and relating it
both to the current wider information landscape and the organization of the
lib...
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Opportunities and threats to the concept of gamification in libraries
In this post, I’m
going to discuss some of the favourable conditions within the library environment
at large that allow it to utilize gamification well, and some of the threats
that the same environment has to the concept. This is in the interest of
conduct...
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Considerations for libraries wanting to get involved with games
Apologies for the hiatus – my other studies
and life got in the way for a bit. In this post, I’m going to explore some of
the considerations that libraries undertaking gamification and gaming events
might need to take into account. Because immersion is key ...
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Bodie Van Den Berg commented on a post on Blogger.
Your comment about keeping pop culture enjoyable is really poignant. Part of its' allure is that playful aspect of it, something that resists categorization and encourages people engaging with it to find it out on their own terms. The second you put formalized education over it, you've suddenly got an agenda and that takes away from that allure, I think.

Ideally I would expect education to follow along in the wake of students exploring texts themselves, and provide a framework for them to engage with it after the fact, so when they engage at later dates they can build on that without sullying their initial impressions. Just an idea, and I think the comment you made is right on the money. I really enjoy reading your posts, Susan.
Week 11: Interview with a Young Person
Week 11: Interview with a Young Person
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Bodie Van Den Berg commented on a post on Blogger.
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Honestly, I think that Twilight is horrible, but it's not quite as bad as everyone is making it out to be. Yes, it's really silly and kind of pathetic, but to teenage girls this stuff is gold. From their point of view, having a boyfriend IS the most important thing ever, and NO, sex isn't going to happen, but he still WANTS US SO BADLY and he's dangerous because he's a VAMPIRE OMG.

I think the analogy of a gateway drug is completely appropriate. It's the thing that get us interested by being relatable (as I've just demonstrated with my usual crushing insight), but just edgy and different enough to be exciting. I don't relate to young women very well, but I'd imagine that there'd be a certain percentage of them out there who went 'geez, maybe reading isn't just for nerds' after finishing the literary brilliance that is the Twilight saga. Okay, I'll disengage my troll mode now.

I suspect that Twilight gets younger readers precisely because it's all about getting a boyfriend, and it gets older readers because it's vicarious escapism with a thread of 'bad boy' wound through it. He might be a sparkly, ineffectual bad boy, but he's our sparkly ineffectual bad boy. When it gets down to it, I don't think it's quite the plague that it's been made out to be, and you've totally hit the nail on the head with it being a teachers' responsibility to take the new reader that Twilight has created and shape them into a self realized reader. Or something. Great post!
Week 12: Gateway Books
Week 12: Gateway Books
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Reflection - Thoughts on the concept of 'Story'
This is a bit of a bonus post that I'm putting up here in the interest of capturing all of my thoughts on the subject of my current proje...
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Gamification in Libraries: What doesn't work
In my last post, I talked about some of the
aspects that work to make gamification of libraries a success. As a flipside to
this, I'm goi...
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