Addiction by Design

Machine Gambling in Las Vegas

Author: Natasha Dow Schüll

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691127557

Category: Computers

Page: 442

View: 5694

machines stems from the consumer, the product, or the interplay between the two. --
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Addiction by Design

Machine Gambling in Las Vegas

Author: Natasha Dow Schüll

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400834651

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 2488

Recent decades have seen a dramatic shift away from social forms of gambling played around roulette wheels and card tables to solitary gambling at electronic terminals. Slot machines, revamped by ever more compelling digital and video technology, have unseated traditional casino games as the gambling industry's revenue mainstay. Addiction by Design takes readers into the intriguing world of machine gambling, an increasingly popular and absorbing form of play that blurs the line between human and machine, compulsion and control, risk and reward. Drawing on fifteen years of field research in Las Vegas, anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll shows how the mechanical rhythm of electronic gambling pulls players into a trancelike state they call the "machine zone," in which daily worries, social demands, and even bodily awareness fade away. Once in the zone, gambling addicts play not to win but simply to keep playing, for as long as possible--even at the cost of physical and economic exhaustion. In continuous machine play, gamblers seek to lose themselves while the gambling industry seeks profit. Schüll describes the strategic calculations behind game algorithms and machine ergonomics, casino architecture and "ambience management," player tracking and cash access systems--all designed to meet the market's desire for maximum "time on device." Her account moves from casino floors into gamblers' everyday lives, from gambling industry conventions and Gamblers Anonymous meetings to regulatory debates over whether addiction to gambling machines stems from the consumer, the product, or the interplay between the two. Addiction by Design is a compelling inquiry into the intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance, offering clues to some of the broader anxieties and predicaments of contemporary life. At stake in Schüll's account of the intensifying traffic between people and machines of chance is a blurring of the line between design and experience, profit and loss, control and compulsion.
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Addiction by Design

Machine Gambling in Las Vegas

Author: Natasha Dow Schll

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691160887

Category: Computers

Page: 442

View: 1173

Originally published in hardcover in 2012.
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Suburban Xanadu

The Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip and Beyond

Author: David Schwartz G

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136757414

Category: Games

Page: 240

View: 6626

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Strip

Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream

Author: Stefan Al

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026203574X

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

View: 802

The transformations of the Strip -- from the fake Wild West to neon signs twenty stories high to "starchitecture" -- and how they mirror America itself.
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Gambling in America

Costs and Benefits

Author: Earl L. Grinols

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139450232

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 8101

Gambling in America carefully breaks ground by developing analytical tools to assess the benefits and costs of the economic and social changes introduced by casino gambling in monetary terms, linking them to individual households' utility and well-being. Since casinos are associated with unintended and often negative economic consequences, these factors are incorporated into the discussion. The book also shows how amenity benefits - for casinos, the benefit to consumers of closer proximity - enter the evaluation. Other topics include agent incentives and public decision making, conceptual clarifications about economic development, cost-benefit analysis, and net export multiplier models. Professor Grinols finds that, in considering all relevant factors, the social costs of casino gambling outweigh their social benefits.
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High Stakes

The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction

Author: Sam Skolnik

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807006297

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 256

View: 5827

Examines the impact of legalized gambling on American culture, describing the appeal of legalized gambling as a tool for politicians to raise revenues and create jobs, discussing a rise in gambling addictions, and explaining how gambling addiction can lead to higher indebtedness and increased amounts of divorces, suicides, and gambling-related crime.
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Weariness of the Self

Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age

Author: Alain Ehrenberg

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773577157

Category: Psychology

Page: 376

View: 7012

Depression, once a subfield of neurosis, has become the most diagnosed mental disorder in the world. Why and how has depression become such a topical illness and what does it tell us about changing ideas of the individual and society? Alain Ehrenberg investigates the history of depression and depressive symptoms across twentieth-century psychiatry, showing that identifying depression is far more difficult than a simple diagnostic distinction between normal and pathological sadness - the one constant in the history of depression is its changing definition.
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Making Technology Masculine

Men, Women and Modern Machines in America, 1870-1945

Author: Ruth Oldenziel

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789053563816

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 271

View: 6998

A pioneering study of the relations between gender and technology.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Technology as Magic

The Triumph of the Irrational

Author: Richard Stivers,Peter Stirk

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826413673

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 5443

What gives the mass media, particularly advertising and television, their extraordinary power over our lives, so that even the most jaded and sophisticated among us are troubled and fascinated by their allure? The secret, according to Richard Stivers, in this brilliant new book, lies in the curious relationship between technology and magic. Stivers argues the two are now related to one another in such a way that each has taken on important characteristics of the other. His contention is that our expectations for technology have become magical to the point that they have generated a multitude of imitation technologies that function as magical practices. These imitation technologies flourish in the fields of psychology, management administration, and the mass media, and their paramount purpose in human adjustment and control. Advertising and television programs, in particular, contain the key magical rituals of our civilization.In a fascinating analysis of television programming, Stivers shows how various genres--news, sports, game shows, soap operas, sitcoms, etc.--have their distinct mythological symbols. Through dramatized information, they symbolically connect consumer goods and services to desired outcomes--the utopian goals of success, happiness, and health--thus enveloping technology, both real and imitation, in a magical cocoon.
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Creating CityCenter

World-Class Architecture and the New Las Vegas

Author: William R. Smith,Scott J. Tilden,Lynne Lavelle

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393733662

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 3995

A lavishly photographed survey of MGM Resorts International's CityCenter offers insight into the convergence of its star architects, major interior design firms and landscape artists to document the mega-project's concurrent construction and accompanying infrastructure.
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The Drug Legalization Debate

Author: James A. Inciardi

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761906902

Category: Political Science

Page: 186

View: 2000

Retaining the focus and the spirit of the acclaimed First Edition, The Drug Legalization Debate, Second Edition, addresses the major issues involved in the continuing drug legalization debate - including deterrence, treatment, education, and prevention. It also examines drug use trends at the end of the millennium, the use of cannabis as a wonder drug and a look at whether legalizing drugs would really reduce violent crime.
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Persuasive Technology

Using Computers to Change what We Think and Do

Author: B. J. Fogg

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 9781558606432

Category: Computers

Page: 283

View: 1984

An overview of the study of "captology"--the study of computers as persuasive technologies--examines the integration of behavior altering techniques and information technology.
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Motivational Interviewing in Groups

Author: Christopher C. Wagner,Karen S. Ingersoll,with Contributors

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1462507999

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

View: 2405

A unique clinical resource, this book shows how to infuse the methods and spirit of motivational interviewing (MI) into group-based interventions. The authors demonstrate how the four processes of MI with individuals translate into group contexts. They explain both the challenges and the unique benefits of MI groups, guiding practitioners to build the skills they need to lead psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, and support groups successfully. A wealth of clinical examples are featured. Chapters by contributing authors present innovative group applications targeting specific problems: substance use disorders, dual diagnosis, chronic health conditions, weight management, adolescent risk behaviors, intimate partner violence, and sexual offending. This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.
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Recoding Gender

Women's Changing Participation in Computing

Author: Janet Abbate

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262304538

Category: Computers

Page: 264

View: 2202

Today, women earn a relatively low percentage of computer science degrees and hold proportionately few technical computing jobs. Meanwhile, the stereotype of the male "computer geek" seems to be everywhere in popular culture. Few people know that women were a significant presence in the early decades of computing in both the United States and Britain. Indeed, programming in postwar years was considered woman's work (perhaps in contrast to the more manly task of building the computers themselves). In Recoding Gender, Janet Abbate explores the untold history of women in computer science and programming from the Second World War to the late twentieth century. Demonstrating how gender has shaped the culture of computing, she offers a valuable historical perspective on today's concerns over women's underrepresentation in the field. Abbate describes the experiences of women who worked with the earliest electronic digital computers: Colossus, the wartime codebreaking computer at Bletchley Park outside London, and the American ENIAC, developed to calculate ballistics. She examines postwar methods for recruiting programmers, and the 1960s redefinition of programming as the more masculine "software engineering." She describes the social and business innovations of two early software entrepreneurs, Elsie Shutt and Stephanie Shirley; and she examines the career paths of women in academic computer science. Abbate's account of the bold and creative strategies of women who loved computing work, excelled at it, and forged successful careers will provide inspiration for those working to change gendered computing culture.
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Off-track and Online

The Networked Spaces of Horse Racing

Author: Holly Kruse

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262034417

Category: Games

Page: 216

View: 847

The horse racing industry has been a pioneer in interactive media, information networks, and their deployment. The race track and the off-track betting parlor offer interactive media environments that reconfigure the relationships among private and public space and presence and copresence. In this book, Holly Kruse explores how horse racing has used media over the last several decades, arguing that examining the history and context of horse racing and gambling gives us a clearer understanding of the development of data networks, media complexes, public entertainment, and media publics. Kruse describes an enormous industry that depends on global information and communication flows made possible by a network linking racetracks, homes, off-track betting, farms, and auction sites. Racetrack architecture now allows for the presence of screens, most showing races from other locations. Online betting sites enable bettors to wager from home. Off-track betting facilities collect wagers on races from all over the country. Odds are set interactively through the pari-mutuel market system. Kruse considers the uses of public space, and its redefinition by public screens; the effect of interactive media on the racing industry, including networked, in-home betting; the "technopanic" over online poker and the popularity of in-home pari-mutuel wagering; and the use of social media by racing fans to share information and creative work with no financial payoff.
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The Essentials of Casino Game Design

Turn Your Table-Game Dreams Into Reality

Author: Dan Lubin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935396727

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 256

View: 6439

The Essentials of Casino Game Design is a handbook for aspiring or practicing game designers. It explains, in detail, the techniques of designing a casino game that actually works. The author, Dan Lubin, is an experienced game designer. He not only succeeded as an independent, with EZ Pai Gow and Double Blackjack, to name only a couple, but also worked as a table-games designer and manager for big gaming corporations, including Galaxy Gaming, the largest independent supplier of table games in the world. His approach in this book is more than just giving advice in the how-to style. Rather, he walks aspiring table-game designers through the decision points, and the reasoning behind them, that can make or break a game. Aside from main game design, topics also include proper side-bet development, including as a stand-alone money maker, game protection, game design, technical writing, and business and negotiation considerations.
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Swedish Design

An Ethnography

Author: Keith M. Murphy

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801455790

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 2631

Swedish designers are noted for producing distinctive and elegant forms; their furniture and household goods have an especially loyal following around the world. Design in Sweden has more than just an aesthetic component, however. Since at least the late nineteenth century, Swedish politicians and social planners have viewed design as a means for advocating and enacting social change and pushing for a more egalitarian social organization. In this book, Keith M. Murphy examines the special relationship between politics and design in Sweden, revealing in particular the cultural meanings this relationship holds for Swedish society. Over the course of fourteen months of research in Stockholm and at other sites, Murphy conducted in-depth interviews with various players involved in the Swedish design industry—designers, design instructors, government officials, artists, and curators—and observed several different design collectives in action. He found that, for Swedes, design is never socially or politically neutral. Even for common objects like furniture and other household goods, design can be labeled “responsible,” “democratic,” or “ethical”— descriptors that all neatly resonate with the traditional moral tones of Swedish social democracy. Murphy also considers the example of Ikea and its power to politicize perceptions of the everyday world. More broadly, Swedish Design serves as a model for an anthropological approach to the study of design practice, one that accounts for the various ways in which order is purposefully and meaningfully imposed by designers on the domains of human life, and the consequences those impositions have on the social worlds in which they are embedded.
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Human-Machine Reconfigurations

Plans and Situated Actions

Author: Lucy Suchman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521675888

Category: Computers

Page: 314

View: 7071

This 2007 book is about how human actions and technological artifacts are intertwined.
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