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D&D for Dummies

D&D for Dummies: I'm almost tempted to get it. What could be in it?

Via: The Forge

29 April 2005 by Steven | Permalink | 3 comments »

Rolegaming, a Postmodern Pastime

Rolegaming, a Postmodern Pastime: Bruce Baugh writes about roleplaying as a quintessentially postmodern activity.

29 May 2004 by Steven | Permalink | Comments disabled

Derridean D&D!

Bruce Baugh uses Dungeons & Dragons to illustrate some very basic concepts of deconstructionism. I think I don’t like the term “deconstructionism.” I think deconstruction is a fine critical strategy, but I don’t see that it needs to be elevated to an ism. I mean, it’s a pretty basic and obvious (to me, anyway) concept—meaning is unstable, hierarchies and oppositions in texts are unstable and deconstruct themselves. Actually deconstruction doesn’t destroy stability of meaning, it shifts the site of meaning creation from the text to the reader. Well, meaning is not so concrete… meaning is not objective. Shall we say it is subjective? I say no. After all, there isn’t one Reader of a text, but many, readers who analyze and critique and discuss. Stanley Fish’s idea of interpretive communities. Meaning is a social construct. That is a central concept of postmodernism as I think of it.

Which is not to say I think there’s any problem with Mr. Baugh’s blog post. That’s a great little essay, I hope he writes much more.