Farmville Is More Of A Social Obligation Than A Social Game

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Earlier this year, A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, an instructor in the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo, gave a fascinating talk honoring American historical writer Howard Zinn and related it to how Farmville represents our inability to think freely or break out of social molds. He talks about how gifting represents a social obligation, and Farmville represents people fitting into cultural norms and thereby getting trapped into the ‘game’.

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