Playing at bullying : the postmodern ethic of Bully (Canis Canem edit)

Bradford, Clare 2009, Playing at bullying : the postmodern ethic of Bully (Canis Canem edit), Digital culture and education, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 67-82.

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Title Playing at bullying : the postmodern ethic of Bully (Canis Canem edit)
Formatted title Playing at bullying : the postmodern ethic of Bully (Canis Canem edit)
Author(s) Bradford, Clare
Journal name Digital culture and education
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 67
End page 82
Total pages 16
Publisher Digital Culture and Education ( DCE)
Place of publication [Australia]
Publication date 2009-05-15
ISSN 1836-8301
Keyword(s) youth
video games
postmodernism
ethics
ideologies
Summary This essay discusses Bully (Canis Canem Edit), considering the game's antecedents (narratives involving young people in school settings) and the features which set it apart from other teen texts. It discusses the controversy surrounding the game and comes to the conclusion that the principal reason
for unease on the part of parents and educational authorities is that Bully's postmodernist ethic evades the binaries of liberal humanism and calls into question the foundations on which conventional ethical systems are based. Tbe paper considers several episodes from the game to flesh out its arguments about how the game manifests features of postmodernist textuality in its propensity for simultaneously deploying and interrogating references to historical and contemporary cultural practices.
Language eng
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Digital Culture and Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021450

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