Jos de Mul, Playful Identities. From narrative to ludic identity formation. Public lecture at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. Room 4, groundfloor. April 5, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Digital media technologies increasingly shape how people relate to the world, to other people and to themselves. This prompts questions about present-day mediations of identity. This lecture explores the notion of play as a heuristic lens to look at changing media practices and identity construction. Playful media culture is analyzed far beyond its apparent manifestation in computer games. The central argument of the lecture is that play and games nowadays are not only appropriate metaphors to capture post-modern human identities, but also the very means by which people reflexively construct their identity.