Haastateltavana Lapsemme-lehdessä

Aina silloin tällöin tässä työssä toteutetaan ns. yliopiston kolmatta tehtävää antamalla lausuntoja tai olemalla haastateltavana suurelle yleisölle tarkoitettuihin juttuihin. Olin tässä roolissa vastikään, ja ajattelin jakaa lopputuloksen täälläkin. Juttu ilmeistyi Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton Lapsemme-lehdessä, ja löytyy seuraavan linkin takaa sivuilta 32-34: http://mll-fi-bin.directo.fi/@Bin/5eae67b3fd53eee634f6027a4098178f/1348466910/application/pdf/15680272/Lapsemme312_Nettiin.pdf

Olen ollut silloin tällöin puhumassa tämänkaltaisista aiheista seminaareissa, ja keskustelut ovat kyllä aina olleet todella mielenkiintoisia. Esimerkiksi koululaisten vanhempien kanssa (jollainen itsekin olen) saa varsin rikasta keskustelua aikaan ihan vain sillä, että vertaillaan eri perheiden tilanteita ja toimintatapoja. Näitä keskustelutilaisuuksia kannattaa järjestää tai kysyä niiden perään, oppilaitokset ovat kyllä yleensä hyvin myötämielisiä näille. Puhuimmepa aikanaan vanhemman tytön tarhassakin aiheesta, on hyvä muistaa että tieto- ja viestintäteknologian käyttö aloitetaan nykyisin paljon ennen kouluikää, ja jo eskarilaiset alkavat olla kiinnostuneita uutisista. Toinen hyvä keskustelunaihe ovat digitaaliset pelit, jotka edelleenkin herättävät paljon (usein aiheetonta) huolta ja murhetta vanhemmissa.

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General purpose for changing a game (your life)

I was recently reading through Bernard DeKoven’s seminal book The Well-Played Game: a player’s philosophy, while searching for a clarification on a quote for a book chapter I am writing, when I encountered something worth sharing. First of all, the book is from 1978, and the copy that our university library has is not only dog-eared but actually broken – the cover is loose and the book holds together only with some rubber band (helpfully provided by the said university library). Well, as you can imagine, old books like this often contain notes scribbled throughout their pages, marks of long-gone students who have once tried to make points worth remembering. It was one such a note that I am now talking about. On pages 67-68 of the book there is a section titled “General Purpose for Changing a Game:” Behind this title some industrious student had made a small addition, and it is with this addition that I now present you a quote that can change your life (or at least advice you on how to go about changing your life).

General Purpose for Changing a Game: (Your Life*)

The one you’re playing is no longer giving you enough of a challenge for you to feel you want to play it well. ou can play it well, but you’re losing interest. Your gaming mind is bored. You’re not playing the way you want to be playing. Or, vice versa, you can’t play it well, the challenge is too big, your playing mind is overwhelmed, the game is too hard. The general purpose for changing a game, therefore, is to restore equilibrium.

Specific Recommendation for Technique:

Change one rule at a time. Change the rule and see what happens to the rest of the game. See what other changes you have to make in order to restore the balance. If you try to change too many rules, and the game doesn’t work, you won’t be able to tell why.

(* Student addition)

Looking for a place at Fincom2012

Last week I took part in a communication sciences conference here at Jyväskylä called Fincom 2012. The conference was organized by our Department, and I was also part of the organizing committee. This time around, I got the special treat of being responsible for our social media coverage. We had two students cover our Facebook page, Twitter feed (under the name Fincom2012) and blog roll at the home page of the conference, and I have to say that it went tremendously well! We also had a lot of active tweeting going on even without the official tweeters, so that the conference had a lively backchannel all the time. We also used Twitter for questions from the audience during a panel, even though we went old school and did not present a continuously updating message feed on the background of the panel discussion itself. We also had a go at a simple conference game where the participants were supposed to try and find the official tweeters (who were anonymous), but unfortunately this didn’t pan out the way I had hoped it to. Well, another conference, another conference game, eh?

While I am not the biggest Twitter user out there, I really enjoy tweeting during conferences. Of course one has to be moderate and not tweet everything and all the time, because quite frankly that will take away from, you know, actually listening to the presentations. But the possibility of “seeing” what is going on in another conference track can be really valuable, and for example in the case of plenaries there is often a real discussion going on in the background.

What I also enjoy is having multiple roles in a conference. In Fincom 2012 I was a part of the organizing committee, as well as a session chair and a presenter in another session. When I go to a conference I like to go “all out” and just enjoy the experience. Conferences, to me, are one of the best parts of this job.

Having said that, I have to note that unfortunately this year will be a bit light on conferences. I will travel to ECREA Istanbul later on this autumn, but otherwise it looks like I will be mostly teaching and writing in the following months.