Matt Lees on Political Messages in MediaBlack Box
This is a followup to the discussion on politics of artifacts.
I will not go into a great amount of detail in summarising this video as I believe that everyone should take the 20 minutes it takes to watch it. It is a fantastic essay on the impossibility of keeping intrinsic political influences out of games and media at large. It is a fascinating and well-argued criticism of the reactionary backlash against developers making explicit political statements in games in the face of pre-existing cultural norms that already implicitly shape games on a less controlled, implicit level.