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The Walden game

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Ready to achieve virtual self-reliance? The National Endowment for the Arts grant has recently awarded the University of Southern California a $40,000 grant to produce a video game based on Henry David Thoreau’s works where players can “follow in the virtual footsteps of Thoreau and conduct their own experiments in living deliberately.”

Other literary-based media projects awarded grants by the NEA this year include an all audio version of James Joyce’s Ulysses read by actors such as Alec Baldwin and John Lithgow.

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Who Do You Write Like?

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You read last week in The Rumpus about the new “statistical analysis tool” that tells you who you write like. Coding Robots, a group of software developers, seemingly created I Write Like just for fun; the page analyzes your word choice and writing style and spits back a writer it compares you to (out of a list of 50 writers, according to Dmitry Chestnykh in his interview with The Awl).

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Abandoning the Mothership

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We’ve all heard the stories about people getting fired from jobs because of overly revealing Facebook photos, or of couples breaking up by changing their Facebook “relationship status” before even talking to one another. Though Facebook is meant to exist in virtual reality, we have given it the power to seep into and intermingle with our actual reality in ways we can’t always control.

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