Like so many Manhattanites, I was a devoted New York Times reader. Until the paywall. I still read the Circuits/Technology & Styles sections on a weekly basis, but I get my other non-exclusive news elsewhere these days.
When they’re reading online articles or consuming other types of media products, people in their twenties tend to switch from source to source much more often than older people do, according to an Advertising Age report of recent research. The digital natives in the study switched “media venues” about 27 times per nonworking hour, compared with just 17 times for people who grew up reading articles on newsprint and using knobs to change channels. Consumers’ media hopping undermines the value of the traditional storytelling structure of beginning-middle-end, the study suggests.
Last night, a team took over the side of MIT’s Green Building and turned it into a giant, playable, multi-color Tetris game.
Home of the Institute’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, the Green Building lends itself as an ideal grid for the game. According to the IHTFP Hack Gallery, “MIT hackers have long considered ‘Tetris on the Green Building’ to be the Holy Grail of hacks.”
The game started off by scrolling the word “Tetris,” and as the players moved on, the levels became progressively harder. The second level kicked off with more pale colors, while the third involved the colors shifting on-screen. Once someone lost the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.