Doing Advanced Democracy in Minecraft


For this course, we are utilizing Minecraft as a virtual environment to play with and simulate many of the theories of democracy in organizations, ways of organizing and maintaining co-ops, communes, and collectives that we are studying in other texts in the class. Participants will craft their own democratic townships and form a broader coalition, confederated democracy, federation, network, and/or warring web of communities. Minecraft is an ideal space for this simulation because it simulates economy and a natural background of conflict as well as immerses the players in and it is not difficult to learn and master as far as games go. We will also have the opportunity to move into more advanced stages where we challenge the Eurocentrism and extractivist paradigm of the game through creative roleplay and writing in-world books and on a more complicated level, for those who want to take it there, through creating mods

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