December 9, 2005

Maybe they'll explain the title?

Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby, authors of Smartbomb:
The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution
, are holding a Live chat at today at 1pm (starting in a few minutes). An archive of the chat will be available at the above link.

They also blog here.

UPDATE: They did explain the title.

Bethesda, Md.: Why did you name your book Smartbomb?

Heather Chaplin: Smartbomb came from Aaron. He grew up in Orange County playing Defender, first of all. Then, he was interested in how the term came into the culture initially through a videogame, and THEN with the first Iraq war.

It seemed like a title that resonated with the very subject matter of the book - that this is essentially a smartbomb being dropped on our society. The medium fosters "smarts" and is being created by super smart people, they're being carefully guided to exlode over our heads by companies like Microsoft and Sony, and the connections between the industry and military run deep. So...thus you have Smartbomb as our title!


Posted by Jason at December 9, 2005 12:58 PM | TrackBack

I wondered if that was your question...or if one of the other DC-area questions was yours.

Posted by: Chuck at December 10, 2005 10:29 AM | Permalink to Comment

Actually, I never got around to actually asking the question. Thank goodness for "Bethesda" ...

Posted by: Jason at December 14, 2005 1:22 PM | Permalink to Comment
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