Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Magic Shake-Ball

Dear Magic Shake-Ball:

I haven't been able to access my Word Twist games for 8 days. I've been deteriorating as the week has gone by: It started with some innocent, but hourly, back-paging; then moved on to borrowing other people's computers; last night I wrote to the Zynga people on Facebook. I think I'm being used as a guinea pig in a government-run thought experiment designed to measure how online game addicts handle sudden withdrawal. Wacky conspiracy theory, or logical hypothesis?


Othello: By heaven, I'll know thy thoughts.
Iago: You cannot, if my heart were in your hand,
Nor shall not, whilst 'tis in my custody.
Othello: Ha?
Iago: O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
(Othello, 3.3.162-165)

Wow. The Shake-Ball is in fine form today. This is the key scene in Othello where Iago manages to turn Othello into a homicidal lunatic by planting the idea of Desdemona's infidelity in his brain. Iago practically invented the term "mind fuck."

I'm onto you, you little people who live inside my computer and try to mess with my head. Who's in control now? Huh? Huh?

1 comment:

  1. 8 days seems like a long time, Caroline, but hold tight and make it into a self-intervention. Things may be *much* worse 2 or 3 days from now, but after that, you'll start to breathe again. Trust me. And just be thankful that your advisor is not the ghastly Iago in the terrible Actors' Shakespeare Project Othello, who seems to think he's in _Family Ties_ or something.