Why Moral Panics About Video Games Are Bad Politics

April 13, 2018

Despite what the media and politicians have said, there is no evidence that shows that playing video games turn young people into killers. What do presidents Reagan, Clinton, Obama and Trump have in common? They all presided over moral panics involving games. The ongoing "debate" about video...

Gaming: Making Feminism Approachable

June 02, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Jonathan Krause talks to Liana Kerzner, a Canadian media professional-turned-games journalist and critic. Ever since the Gamergate controversy erupted in 2014, gender has been a hot topic in the video game industry. This is true for insiders, enthusiasts...

A Culture of Monkeys

August 27, 2015

The Vervet Forest documentary aims to create a wildlife reserve for orphaned monkeys in the poorest region of South Africa. The Vervet monkey—incredibly intelligent, with a unique language and a system of social hierarchy—has long been considered a vermin. Farmers shoot and poison Vervet...

Saving Mes Aynak, Revisited

January 15, 2015

Mes Aynak, one of Afghanistan's most important cultural treasures, may be destroyed by the end of 2015. My documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, which deals with the imminent threat facing the ancient city of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan, will have its premiere at the prestigious Festival International...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

September 30, 2013

Pledge $1 to keep us going. Back in 1939, September was the month when World War II broke out. So in 2013, it is reassuring to see that the US and Iran might be beginning their first tentative steps to rest the ghosts of 1953 and 1979. The former scarred Iran because the CIA was influenced by...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

August 30, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of August. In large parts of the northern hemisphere, August is a month of humidity and heat. When it comes to developments this month, there has been no dearth of the latter. The Syrian saga carries on like a tragic and bloody melodrama. The Bashar al-Assad...

Thank You from Fair Observer

August 21, 2013

A special thanks from the team. Dear Friends, We can’t thank you enough! We are humbled by all the support we’ve received since our Kickstarter Launch last week. Messages of encouragement have been pouring in. Volunteers have been reaching out to campaign for us. In short, you have...

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Support Fair Observer: Make Sense of the World

August 16, 2013

Fair Observer is proud to announce the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. We have launched the first crowdfunding campaign in our history. We need your support in three ways: 1. Pledge: Even $1 goes a long way; $10+ goes further; $100+ revs up our engine; and $1,000+ fires us up big...

The Growth of Crowdfunding: Risks and Rewards

May 19, 2013

The success of the "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter campaign has illustrated that crowdfunding is a reliable source of capital for both start-up businesses and established firms. The campaign to front a movie based on the cult television show "Veronica Mars" through crowdfunding broke records for the...

The Glowing Plant: A New Paradigm for Funding Science?

May 18, 2013

In a world of austerity and shrinking research budgets, the crowd-funding method at the core of the Glowing Plant Project offers a radically different approach to scientific research funding. The first synthetic biology project that has launched on Kickstarter, the Glowing Plant Project, brings a...

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