Canonball Episode 34: Conspiracy Theory and History (w/Dr. Clif Ganyard

Dr. Clif Ganyard is an Associate Professor of History and Humanities who earned his BA, MA, and PhD in History from SUNY at Buffalo.  His research and teaching interests include German and European history and culture, American history, science fiction, and jazz, and he has published work on German political culture. A noted teacher, he was awarded UWGB’s Founder’s Award for Excellence in teaching in 2010 and the UW Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.

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Random Encounter #13: In Which Chance, Algorithm, and Collaborative Story Building Are Exalted

Stories are more fun when we tell them together. Taking that a step further—stories are often more fun when we build them together. There persists this myth of the great artist, working feverishly (and alone) to make a masterpiece, the magnitude of which could only be rendered in an environment of social and creative isolation. And, sure, some great works of art might have been created in those conditions. But there also exists art that seeks to offer responses to the world from a place of interaction and connectivity. Collaborative story building, especially as articulated in games, are creative endeavors of the latter variety.

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