I’ve written critically on how social media and the gaming industry uses psychological hacks to get people hooked, but is there a positive side to hacking our brains? Gamification is using gaming techniques to motivate users to do things they may not otherwise want to do. My recent article in MercatorNet, “Turning life into a game,” looks at the pluses and minuses of using gamification as a motivation tool.
Meditation on Holy Week in the Midst of a Pandemic
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “It’s tragically fitting that we’re talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this ..
The 2019 Coronavirus Spread More Than I Thought It Would
I wrote two articles for Mind Matters on China’s censorship and surveillance practices amidst the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak (here and ..
Writing About China’s Relationship with Central Asia
Six months ago I started writing on China and technology for Mind Matters. This has been a learning experience for ..
Writing about Vaccines
For my Biohazards column in Salvo Issue 50, I decided to write about vaccines since it was a hot news ..
The Hong Kong Protests
My latest articles at Mind Matters News cover the Hong Kong protests. The first article addresses the various ways protesters ..