Does Twitch Plays Pokemon Give You Hope for Humanity?

You asked, and we delivered: a Pokemon episode!!! Specifically Twitch Plays Pokemon, which it turns out is a metaphor for … well, lots of stuff. Twitch Plays Pokemon is a version of Pokemon Red controlled via chat on the video streaming site Twitch. And TENS OF THOUSANDS of people are playing this one game simultaneously! How can a group steer the direction of a game? And what can this tell us about anarchy vs democracy? (Maybe that the US government is a bit more like Pokemon than we realized.) Watch the episode to find out more!


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2:52 – Beatboxsamurai and lwazi, “GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL.” –
3:10 – Get Milked, “The Social Contract.” –
3:14 – Ihon White, “A weroan or great Lorde of Virginia.” –
3:20 – The Unemployed Philosophers’ Guild, “Calvin & Hobbes.” –
3:33 – themisfit, “Thomas Hobbes,” –
4:31 Laura Howard, “Stop faffing about & just BLOODY GET ON WITH IT,” –
4:39 – Purplemew, “twitch Plays Pokemon,” –
4:40 – Frenzied-Insanity, “NEW BATTLE STRATEGY,” –
4:41 – Alexis Royce, “Don’t Give Up,” –
4:44 – rsmv2you, “MAKE THE VOICES STOP” –
4:53 – JohnMarkParker, “Order is Progress” –



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