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Why They Banned Legos

by on Feb.24, 2008, under Uncategorized

Why We Banned Legos is a quite interesting article I just ran across. It’s all about children constructing a social system and economy out of…well, nothing; nothing except their own preconceptions. Another interesting article compares it to economies in massively multiplayer games.

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5 comments for this entry:
  1. morbid_curious

    I still feel that the plural of Lego should be “Lego”, or “Lego blocks”. But then, I’m not a North American.

  2. johnevans

    Hey, whatever mows your lawn.

    …Actually, I seem to recall reading somewhere, perhaps on the Lego website, that “proper” terms were “Lego bricks” or something along those lines. But in terms of colloquial speech, well, that’s kind of a lost cause…

  3. morbid_curious

    Interesting articles, now that I’ve had a chance to read them and comment on more than toy orthography. I find myself wondering how the cliques, etc. would have turned out with kids from a different cultural background, and how much of the values discussed therein are inherited from parents, versus generated in a community of peers or from their environments.

    Certainly provides some interesting background for some of the stuff we’re doing on education and virtual environments, though. Thanks for the articles 🙂

  4. johnevans

    Awesome, I’m glad you’re appreciating them. 🙂

  5. thello

    That Lego article is really interesting and makes me think… yet I’m not even sure what the moral of this story is, or what it all means. At any rate, thanks for sharing 🙂

    (I found your journal through a bored trip on LJ’s “random journal” feature, and this post caught my attention 🙂

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