The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 2

This is the second episode of our podcast series, “The Podcast for Social Research.” This week we talk about the video game Shadow of the Colossus, Plato’s beef with poetry in The Republic, and quite a bit in between. For more information on the podcast series, please see the Introduction and Notations to Episode 1. As with last time, please see our Notations section after the jump for some references, time stamps and topics. Enjoy!

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The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 2


Part I: 00:00:00 – (Music: “Stillwell Ave.” by El Diablo Robotico)

00:00:27 – Welcome and Happy New Year!

00:02:41 – On Vernacular Phrases and Geography

Wrap it up” vs. “Bag it up”

00:03:24 – On Shadow of the Colossus 

Shadow of the Colossus (by Team Ico) originally released 2005, remastered 2011
Fumito Ueda
Orpheus and Eurydice 

00:06:15 – SPOILERS (from here till end Part I) On Shadow of the Colossus, Gameplay, Ethics, and Morals

Grand Theft Auto 3 (by Rockstar)
 Nicomachean Ethics
Plato. Euthyphro
Immanuel Kant. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

00:19:31 – On Gaming, Choice, Freedom, Interactivity, and Criticism

Portal (by Valve)
Ibn Rushd (Averroes). On the Harmony of Religions and Philosophy
Sonic the Hedgehog (by Sega)
Sim City (by Maxis)
Flower (by Thatgamecompany)
Minecraft (by Mojang)

00:36:35 – On Communities, Authors, and Audiences

Auteur Theory
Joss Whedon
J.J. Abrams
Paul Ford
. “The Web is a Customer Service Medium” (aka “Why Wasn’t I Consulted?”)

00:41:16 – BREAK! (Music: “Sign of the Colossus” composed by Kow Otani)

00:41:55 – Part II: On Plato and Poetry

Plato. The Republic
Our Upcoming Course: Politics of the City: Plato and Aristotle
Homer. The Illiad
Homer. The Odyssey
Sigmund Freud. “The Ego and the Id”
Akrasia (weakness of will)

00:58:39 – On Plato, the Social, and the Good

01:02:03 – On Plato, Literature, Philosophy and the Contemporary World

Oliver Sacks. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (Editor’s note: I completely misidentified this as a work by Jeffrey Sachs. Pardon!)
Erich Auerbach. Mimesis
Cervantes. Don Quioxte
Gustav Flaubert. Madame Bovary
Samuel Richardson. Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady
Immanuel Kant. Critique of Judgement

1:22:57 – On Plato, Poetry and Corruption

More on Tipper Gore and the Parents’ Music Resource Center
Martha Nussbaum
. Cultivating Humanity

Technical Details: Recorded on a Samson CO1U into an msi PC running the beta version of the freeware program Audacity 1.3.13 while consuming enjoyable, yet moderate, amounts of Buffalo Trace and Bulliet bourbon, Sixpoint Sweet Action beer, and Twinings Earl Grey tea.

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