Forrest Hall Info Dump: Getting Inside the President’s Head

Note: I know that Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was Middle Tennessee State College during the 1950s, but for simplicity and ease of understanding I employ a blanket use of “MTSU” throughout. Also, apologies for the poor photo quality. All photos were quick snaps I took during my archival research and were intended for personal use only. … More Forrest Hall Info Dump: Getting Inside the President’s Head

A Confederate on Campus: Nathan Bedford Forrest as MTSU’s Mascot

Note: This blog post originally appeared August 24, 2015, on the Sport in American History blog. I remember him saying, “You don’t want to go to many football games. It will be a unique experience for you.” I didn’t know what he meant at the time, but I would find out.–Sylvester Brooks, MTSU Student and civil rights … More A Confederate on Campus: Nathan Bedford Forrest as MTSU’s Mascot

Forgotten Spaces of Norrath: Why We Need a History of Digital Spaces

For the past few weeks, Atlas Obscura writer Eric Grundhauser has been publishing pieces entitled “Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World.” First, he took readers on a nostalgic tour throughout Azeroth — the digital world of World of Warcraft (WoW). A few weeks later, he guided readers through the odd digital space of Second Life. … More Forgotten Spaces of Norrath: Why We Need a History of Digital Spaces

Goodman and Ribbitribbit: How MMO Communities Memorialize

“Death is difficult under any circumstance. The death of a friend you only knew via the internet is something that this generation is just learning how to deal with.” — Matthew Miller, in an article posted on mmorpg.com, 6/25/2013 At NCPH 2015, I participated in the working group about play organized by Mary Rizzo and … More Goodman and Ribbitribbit: How MMO Communities Memorialize

NCPH 2015

NCPH 2015, Nashville I had a good conference. I reunited with tons of friends and colleagues, met many more, and met some folks I hope to work with in the future. Putting in 12+ hours days then driving home to Murfreesboro was pretty miserable, but I’d do it again. Or at least I’d do it again … More NCPH 2015