Articles by Rob Goodman

January 28, 2013

Bad Metaphors, Bad Tech 12

It’s not always technical walls that stop change in its tracks. Sometimes, innovation is limited by language itself. When metaphors start to die, or when we forget that they’re only tools, they can become some of the most powerful forces against innovation.

June 4, 2012

CSI: Karamazov (The Ghettoization of Courtroom Drama) 6

What a plot synopsis of The Brothers Karamazov reveals is how Dostoevsky managed to hang a book of profound questions on some of the most hackneyed conventions of fiction: the murder mystery, the love triangle, the courtroom drama.

April 2, 2012

The Berenstain Bears and the Tyranny of Timeliness 9

The news hook is an ugly necessity. In my five years as a political speechwriter, I wrote and placed dozens of op-ed pieces for my bosses — and each time, a little bow of deference to the news cycle, no matter how halfhearted — helped answer the mandatory question: not “why this?” but “why this, now?”

May 20, 2011

A Play is a World: Conservative PC, Liberal PC, and Taking Art Seriously 1

All art is engaged in world-building, and it can be accomplished as successfully in 14 lines as in 500 pages.

March 4, 2011

Zooming Out: How Writers Create Our Visual Grammar 19

Think of the long list of visual cues we take for granted. How do we know, without struggling to process the fact, that a scene shot from three angles by three cameras is the same scene? How can we tell the difference in emotional register between a series of rapid-fire cuts and a single, slow, agonizing take?

January 6, 2011

Interactive Art: What Video Games Can Learn from Freud 8

What if the best thing art has to offer is freedom from choice?