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    MineCraft a Media for Resilience

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)

    London, UK, 7 - 9 July 2015


    Dorine Flies


    In 2010, Wyman et al. (2010) examined within a mental health framework ‘Resilience’, to promote a culture in young people in schools of building strategies, as a tool to self-manage the escalation of potential conflict points, aimed at mediating conduct in the classroom. This short paper aims to explore the scope for adapting the work by discovering why one might choose to employ digital media vs. traditional methods. This in an effort to extend the scope of the Wyman et al. (2010) methods to be inclusive of digital media, as an additional resource valued by youths to mediate adversity.

    Adversity thus, we can agree builds resilience and without resilience the world of ‘People’ is that much harder a place to navigate, as adversity can often escalate into conflict points when left unmediated. Personalisation as a method, mediated by a media that we value, helps us to deal with adversity in ways meaningful to us, this as micro mechanisms that are there to help us bounce back as against. being overwhelmed by a given adverse situation.

    The issue of adversity is further framed within a broader robust social framework context, that our children are no longer permitted to ‘Fail’, where every child is a winner on the schools sport pitches. This is in contradiction to the world of accountability and employability post school, where our youths are no longer protected from failing and yet have built little to no resilience at dealing with the effects of adversity (e.g., The Guardian 2015): “Exams have left my students incapable of thinking”; is thinking for yourself not a key component to making an informed choice and thus a tool that empowers the individual to build a resilience to adversity?


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