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Inside the fight to keep abandoned digital worlds alive

In 1997, George Lucas decided that Return of the Jedi was missing something. The conclusion to the original Star Wars trilogy, once forced to rely on puppets and miniatures, was therefore updated to include an agonizing CGI dance number featuring a saliva-flinging Yuzzum, among other changes. While the film’s “Special Edition” endures to this day, there’s no destroying the home video releases of the 1983 original, and so the original remains safely archived, if not easily accessible.

Not so with the digital media you consume. YouTube videos can vanish at a whim, books can be deleted from your Kindle and…


Kids love “edutainment,” but does the business model exploit them?

Perched on a rise overlooking the Hudson River, the Main Street School in Irvington, New York, looks like a study for a Norman Rockwell painting, with a century-old brick façade and a blacktop area where kids play four square at recess. But the lost-in-time vibe gets a record scratch once or twice a week when the computer cart loaded with Google Chromebooks rolls into each classroom. After using the laptops for editing essays or doing online research, the kids can spend the rest of the period playing a video game called Prodigy, a massively multiplayer online game in which players…

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