The Dark Side of Play

12 06 2008

Jane McGonigal blogs about a flash mob in Leeds that went wrong and caused a lot of damage:

More than 300 people ran riot and destroyed an award-winning garden after they responded to a campaign for a mass water fight on social networking website Facebook.

As I’ve pointed out here before, like technology games are for the most part morally inert, and specific manifestations can go very wrong. In the next five years, I’m expecting an ARG to arise that specifically and intentionally exploits people.

(CC image by atomicjeep)



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