Stonking huge quotation from Steven Berlin Johnson (and his new book, Everything Good Is Bad For You in his post on what might have happened had videogames come before books: “While games have for many years engaged the young in complex social relationships with their peers, building and exploring worlds together, books force the child to sequester him or herself in a quiet space, shut off from interaction with other children.“.

A pair of interesting screenwriting links, today. First, the weblog of John August, who wrote Go, Charlie’s Angels, and Big Fish. From there I found the site for celtx, a free cross-platform screenwriting program based upon (of all things) Firefox. celtx is pretty good – a bit clunky and it takes a while to get used to, but not half bad. John August is great; lots of interesting posts and he really likes to engage with his readers.