Class Year

2017

Access Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Tom Ellman

Second Advisor

Michael Joyce

Abstract

This project, a hypertext science fiction story entitled “Plenty,” aims to explore our relationships to labor, leisure, and technology. Hypertext, a form of interactive fiction, resembles a choose your own adventure story, but incorporates digital elements which wouldn’t be possible on the printed page. Set in a fully automated, post-scarcity world, the story aims to spark reflection and critique of current systems of labor and global capital. The work also exists in conversation with a broader framework of game critique, including examinations of interactivity, immersion, and ludology.

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