The desert of the real is Jean Baudrillard’s phrase that explains our lives today. The phrase was made popular by Morpheus in The Matrix, when he shows Neo that the world that Neo thought was real is instead constructed by machines that are trying to keep humans under control (which Baudrillard would call a deterrence). Throughout the Matrix trilogy, Neo learns to use the constructs of that world to his advantage. So this blog is about the role that technology plays in my life in particular and in society in general. Is technology under our control or are we under its control?
I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in astrophotography, game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.